In a crackdown on errant electroplating units, the Bombay High Court has directed officials of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and electric supply companies to visit the respective units which flout pollution norms and disconnect their power supply.

“It goes without saying that once the electricity supply is disconnected, same cannot be restored without specific order of the authorised officer of the MPCB, in writing, to the concerned electricity company,” observed the High Court Chief Justice, Mr Mohit Shah and Justice Mr Nitin Jamdar in a recent order.

Hearing a petition filed by Mr Solomon Mordecai, the court had earlier allowed electric supply companies such as Tata Power, Reliance Energy and BEST to be joined as party respondents to ensure that the closure notices issued by MPCB are complied with by discontinuing power supply to such errant electroplating units.

Assistant government pleader, Mr J J Saluja, submitted that the representations made so far by the Association of electroplating units were for regularisation in the present site and not for relocating to an alternate place.

Counsel for the association said it would make another representation with a request for allotment of land for relocating the defaulting electroplating units.

The court, however, said such a representation be made within two weeks.

(This article was published on July 18, 2012)
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