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NGT orders closure of Paradip carbon plant

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), eastern zone branch, Kolkata has ordered the closure of a Paradip-based carbon plant and directed the Odisha pollution control board to carry out the order within a week.

While hearing a petition filed by five villagers of Udaybata near Paradip, the National Green Tribunal Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata earlier issued notice to Kalinga Calciner the private company engaged in manufacturing calcinated petroleum coke, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Central Pollution Control Board, SEIAA (State Environment Impact Assessment Authority) and District Collector Jagatsinghpur.

The petitioners represented by advocate Sankar Prasad Pani, alleged that the factory is a highly air polluting unit that has polluted the entire environment, the residential houses are covered with layers of black dust and water bodies are also equally polluted. The local residents complained of difficulty in breathing, eye irritation and skin infection after the unit started operation. Further they are unable to sleep due to Sound Pollution caused by the unit. The houses get covered with sticky oily carbon dusts, Ashes from Chimney dispersed into the water bodies and agricultural land.

Time to time NGT has directed the Pollution Control Board to monitor the pollution of the factory and consistently the unit failed in complying with the conditions of Consent to Operate and Environment Clearance letter. The unit still does not have Electrostatic Precipitator which is essential to control the air pollution. The Unit failed on many other counts and NGT took note of serious non-compliances and found the unit prima facie guilty of not complying to the conditions imposed by Pollution Control Board.

Taking note of the gravity of the allegations of the petitioners, reports of pollution control board and hearing to the private company the Tribunal on 18th April 2017 directed the state pollution control for closure of the Petroleum Coke Plant of Kalinga Calciner.

NGT further directed District Collector, Jagatsinghpur for disconnecting the Electricity of the factory and asked the Pollution board to file compliance report on or before 2nd May 2017.


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