BENGALURU: Taking note of all the hue and cry in and and around Whitefield over the fugitive black soot emissions, the Supreme Court on Tuesday observed Graphite India to be the polluter, and directed factory’s senior counsel Shyam Diwan to consult GIL authorities to decide on the quantum of compensation that the factory would have to pay for causing air pollution in the area for over 10 years.
The next hearing has been called by the apex court on October 29.
The Supreme Court considered deliberations presented to it earlier in this month by Sunita Narain who represents the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).
GIL’s senior counsel Diwan urged Justice Madan Lokur that the matter be listed in December, but the court refused while restraining the Graphite India Limited from demanding a further date. The apex court observed that GIL was the polluter and will have to bear the compensation for the pollution it has caused all these years.
The next hearing, in this case, will be on October 29, where GIL will be submitting the decided amount payable as compensation.
Members of Whitefield Rising have hailed the decision of the SC.