Industries can be permitted to run only if they make their primary effluent treatment plants fully operational, the Bench said.
The Supreme Court has directed every state to make provision for “online, real time, continuous monitoring system” to display emission levels, in the public domain, on the portal of the State Pollution Control Board concerned, within six months.
The Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti had approached the apex court seeking a direction to the Central and state governments and authorities to ensure that no industry that requires “consent to operate” from the Pollution Control Board is permitted to function, unless it has a functional effluent treatment plant, which is capable to meet the prescribed norms for removing the pollutants from the effluent before it is discharged.
The bench issued following directions in this regard:
The court also directed that the state governments (or the union territories) shall cater to the financial requirements of running the “common effluent treatment plants”, which are presently disfunctional, from their own financial resource before the commencement of the next financial year.
Read the Judgment here.