PIL Against Establishment of Saw Mills in NCR Region- Allahabad HC Directs Govt to file reply

Recently, a PIL was filed before the Allahabad High Court regarding the problem of pollution in NCR Region and 8 prominent districts of U.P.

The PIL stated the National Capital and the adjacent NCR is highly polluted part of the land and is suffered with enormous pollution mainly due to unbridled and unplanned settlement of population and establishment of pollution causing industries.

It was brought to the notice of Court that a huge concentration of woodbased industries, including, saw-mills are being established in NCR by way of transfer from other districts of the State of Uttar Pradesh. 

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Counsel also brought to the notice of court the Rajasthan Forest Produce (Establishment and Regulation of Saw Mills) Rules, 1983 (hereinafter referred to as “Rules, 1983”). Rule 7 of the Rules, 1983 prescribes that relocation of saw mills outside the district where it is already established is not permitted in any case. In absence of any such provision or policy, as per learned counsel, pollution causing wood-based industries, including, saw-mills are concentrating in NCR.

Considering the importance of the issue, the bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Hon’ble Justice Ajay Kumar Srivastava-I, has directed the Government to file its response on or before 23 April 2021.

The case will be heard on 24 April 2021.

Case Details: PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION (PIL) No. – 704 of 2021 (Uday Educare And Welfare Trust vs State of UP and Others)

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