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DB issues directions to conserve environment around brick kilns
4/20/2018 11:50:40 PM
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Jammu, Apr 20: In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highlighting degradation of environment due to the activities of brick kilns, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed that grant of fresh license or renewal of license already granted to brick kiln owner, shall also comply with the requirement of planting trees. The court directed that Brick kiln owner shall develop green belt consisting of three rows of evergreen broadleaved trees around the periphery of the Brick Kiln in staged manner. Minimum spacing between plants in a row shall be three meters and between the rows it shall be at least two meters. DB further observed that the primary issue that arises for consideration is with regard to brick kilns running without proper licenses and without the consent of the State Pollution Control Board. District Magistrate/ District Collector, Jammu informed this Court today that in Jammu District notices to 122 brick kilns have been issued to produce the consent from the State Pollution Control Board and failure to do so will result in closure of the Unit(s). Upon this DB directed all the District Magistrates/ District Collectors are directed to follow this pattern adopted by the District Magistrate/ District Collector, Jammu, and issue notices wherever the brick kilns are being run without the consent from the State Pollution Control Board. DB further observed that in this regard the Pollution Control Board shall insist that before consent is granted, planting of trees, as specified above, shall be made as a condition precedent by all the brick kiln manufacturers who propose to establish their units and seek consent in this behalf. In this behalf the Social Forestry Department has given the list of the trees which could be planted. Division Bench made it clear that the existing license holders and the applicants who are seeking fresh licenses or renewal of licenses, are bound to comply with all other requirements as specified by law before grant of such clearance/ consent, as the case may be.
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