In Ankleshwar, Activists Demand Closure of Effluent Treatment Plant for Flouting Pollution Control Norms

Reported by

Aditi Patil

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Published on

August 9, 2018

August 9, 2018

Updated on

August 9, 2018

Location of Conflict

Ankleshwar

Bharuch

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Waste Management

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People Affected by Conflict

7200

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

2008

State

Gujarat

Sector

Infrastructure

In 2017, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti (PSS), an NGO, raised a demand to close the Final Effluent Treatment Plant (FETP) of Narmada Clean Tech (NCT) in Ankleshwar, Gujarat. In a letter to the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the NGO claimed that the FETP did not adhere to the prescribed Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) norms. It stated that the plant was draining untreated effluents in the water bodies, causing their pollution.  In the letter, the NGO clarified that the company claimed to treat the industrial effluents from Ankleshwar, Jhagadia and Panoli units in accordance with the GPCB norms. Following this, it conveys the effluent through a 52.76 kilometres pipeline into the sea.  Additionally, the NGO stated that the pipeline carrying the effluent from NCT to the sea has several breaks. This causes discharge into the Amla Khadi river, and subsequently, it also flows into the Narmada River and often into the farmlands in various villages.  PSS has issued legal notices to ten respondents including the secretary, MoEFCC, Chief Secretary and Additional Secretary of Gujarat Government, Chairman and member secretaries of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and GPCB. They seek cancellation of the Consolidated Consent and Authorization (CC&A) granted to the plant. The plant has been in question for failing to adhere to the norms in the past as well. According to the letter, PSS has been opposing the FEPT since 2008. PSS also filed several complaints of noncompliance against the company. In the letter, PSS cited the Supreme Court order dated February 22, 2017, to demand immediate action.  In January 2010, Ankleshwar was declared a critically polluted area. This brought many industrial units under scrutiny for their impact on pollution levels. Narmada Clean Tech was one such company.  Meanwhile, in 2018, Ankleshwar Industrial Associated reportedly urged the Chief Minister to allow increasing the discharge capacity of FELP by 35 Million Litres Per Day.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition against environmental degradation

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban and Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

143.43

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Environmental Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

No items found.

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Supreme Court of India

Case Number

WP 375/2012

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Gujarat State Government, Gujarat Pollution Control Board

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Narmada Clean Tech

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti

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