Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution in and around railway godown, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, 27/05/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shivansh Pandey Vs State of Uttar Pradesh dated 27/05/2019 regarding pollution in and around railway godown, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh in the course of loading and unloading of cement, fertilizers and grains by trucks, polluting the air quality and causing respiratory problems. The report submitted by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) accepted that there was pollution and issued direction to the Station Superintendent/Goods Superintendent, Railway Siding, Ayodhya to construct a covered shed apart from undertaking sprinkling of water to contain the air pollution caused due to loading/unloading from goods trains at the railway siding. The Railway has also been directed to do loading / unloading in a manner that the ambient air quality conforms to the standards laid down by the Board.
The UPPCB has been directed to assess and recover compensation for the damage caused and the cost of restoration from the polluters on ‘Polluter Pays’ principle. NGT directs the Railway Board to look into the matter, take appropriate action and apprise the Tribunal of the action taken within one month.