STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

High Court stays KSPCB’s directives to civic agencies

The High Court on Thursday stayed all further proceedings in the Bellandur lake case before the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal in New Delhi.

Published: 16th June 2017 06:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2017 06:19 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The High Court on Thursday stayed all further proceedings in the Bellandur lake case before the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal in New Delhi. The division bench  of Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar also stayed the KSPCB’s directions to agencies like Bescom to disconnect electricity, BWSSB to disconnect UGD and water supply and BBMP to cancel the trade licence, etc., to the distillery unit.

On April 19, the NGT had directed the civic agencies to clean the lake within a month, not to allow apartments to let waste into lake and take steps to close all industries in Bellandur catchment area for discharging effluents into the lake. The agencies began work to remove weeds and took steps to shut industries. The petitioner contended that the NGT passed an order seeking to close only those industries in the catchment area of Bellandur lake that are discharging effluents but blanket orders were issued to close all industries.

It added that the joint inspection carried out by the KSPCB on May 16 will reveal that the distillery unit was neither drawing water from the lake nor discharging effluents into it. It said the spot mahazar noted that the unit has set up a sewage treatment plant and that the discharge from the unit is treated therein. Therefore, a representation was submitted to KSPCB seeking revocation of its closure order but it was not carried out.

‘Karnataka falls under Southern Bench’
The petitioner said going by the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010, all matters relating to Karnataka fall within the jurisdiction of Southern bench, Chennai. Therefore, the order passed by the Principal Bench of NGT in New Delhi is one without jurisdiction and liable to be set aside.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp