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
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.