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High Court rejects petition demanding withdrawal of Environmental Audit scheme

In a significant judgment,the Gujarat High Court turned down a petition praying withdrawal of Environmental Audit Scheme,which is followed in the state since 1997 following a previous HC order.

The project was introduced to check industrial pollution

In a significant judgment,the Gujarat High Court turned down a petition praying withdrawal of Environmental Audit Scheme,which is followed in the state since 1997 following a previous HC order.

The petitioner,Gujarat Dyestuff Manufacturers Association,had filed the petition contending that the scheme is no longer relevant in the present situation and is causing unnecessary financial burden on the industrial units.

According to the details of the case,following a series of petitions in the High Court about industrial pollution,the Division Bench of HC had passed a detailed judgment in December 1996 and directed the state to bring the Environmental Audit Scheme into practice in order to check environmental pollution.

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Under the scheme,the industrial units are required to fulfill certain measures to check environmental pollution.The petitioner industrial association had contended that since the industries are now under a lot of “control”,the scheme is no more relevant and it is causing unnecessary burden on them.

Rejecting the petition on Friday,the Division Bench,comprising Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice Akil Kureshi,stated that allowing the petition would mean to recall the earlier order passed by HC in 1996.

The HC also emphasised the need to have the similar schemes in other states.

“The scheme should not only be restricted in Gujarat but can also be adopted by other states across the country to acquire the benefit for compliance with environmental laws and meeting the challenges. Thus,benefits gained through implementation of this scheme can be taken advantage of,for

sustainable development in the country,” the Bench observed.