The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to inspect and initiate action against polluting industries in the Greater Noida.
The NGT’s direction came after a plea was filed by Greater Noida resident Yogesh Nagar, alleging that extensive industrial activity was taking place in a “clandestine manner”. This had led to large scale pollution and contamination of groundwater in the area. He also claimed that the industries were extracting groundwater without permission, resulting in a fall in the groundwater table.
The NGT bench directed the two bodies to “inspect the area referred in the application and initiate action in accordance with law against the industries which have been particularly identified therein as operating without permission”.
The NGT directed the pollution watchdogs to place their action report by the next day of hearing on May 11.