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Air pollution: NGT issues show-cause to Rathi Steels

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has issued notice to the Rathi Steel and Power Ltd's plant at Ghaziabad, asking why environment compensation be not imposed on it for causing air pollution and extracting ground water without permission.
Relying on a report placed by central and UP pollution control boards, the green panel asked why appropriate action be not taken against the steel unit for releasing particulate matter 10 which had resulted in degradation of ambient air.
A bench headed by acting Chairperson Justice U D Salvi noted that an inspection team has found that Rathi Steel has been extracting water through three borewells with submersible pumps of 20 HP capacity for industrial and domestic use without permission.
"It is further revealed that Rathi Steel has moved an application dated July 11, 2017 for permission to extract ground water from Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and the same is pending for approval. We, therefore, issue notice to Rathi Steel why they should not be saddled with commensurate environmental compensation in respect of the water extracted by them from the said borewells without authorisation till date," the bench, also comprising expert member Nagin Nanda, said.
The NGT directed CGWA to dispose of the pending application of Rathi Steel in accordance with law within three weeks.
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