The Principal Bench of National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board to prepare an appropriate policy and take appropriate steps for the poultry farms, in question as well as other similar poultry farms in the State, to ensure control of odour, prevention of waste water discharge and for good housekeeping practices.
A bench led by Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel while hearing a petition filed by one Sundr said "It will be appropriate that decentralized waste treatment facility for such homogenous waste is set up." The pollution control board informed the tribunal that compensation of Rs. 2,62,500, has been imposed on the polluters.
As per an earlier order the tribunal had stated that in the light of report dated August 28, furnished by the State Pollution Control Board to the effect that the poultry farms with less than 1,00,000 birds did not require consent to operate. The bench had observed that even if consent to operate was not required, in terms of Central Pollution Control Board circular, steps were required to be taken for minimization of odour pollution, management of solid waste, management of waste water discharge and for good housekeeping practices. It was also observed that siting criteria needs to be evolved and polluting activities need to be stopped, apart from recovery of compensation." The petitioner had alleged that poultry farms illegally operating in Shamli district.