Raipur: Chhattisgarh High Court has granted time of three weeks to the health department and Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CECB) to submit its reply in a PIL on air pollution caused by burning of coals in industries across the state.
Petitioner retired chief engineer RN Gupta has stated that power plants with a capacity of over 20,000 MW are being operated in Raipur, Bilaspur, Korba, Raigarh, Champa, and Bhilai. Along with this, coal is also being burnt in some other industries, leading to rising levels of air pollution. People are getting respiratory diseases and in some places, people also complain of dermatitis. Besides, this is also polluting our environment to a great extent.
He has further said that burning coal also emits many toxic gases like sulphur dioxide and methane. This is a very dangerous situation. The petitioner has alleged that health department is ignorant towards industrial areas of the state. In addition, it is also the responsibility of CECB to look into the matter.
During the hearing of petition on Wednesday, the division bench comprising of Chief Justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice PP Sahu has granted a time of three weeks for the last time to CECB and health department to file their reply in writing.
Meanwhile, as per official sources, the PIL has been filed in the High Court about a year ago and despite giving time the parties concerned have not filed their reply in this regard yet.