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Why not strike down notification of coal as approved fuel: Gujarat HC to state

In response to public curiosity litigation regarding air air pollution within the state, a division bench of the Gujarat Excessive Court docket has sought the federal government’s response on why a 2017 notification or any comparable notification or order of the state declaring coal as an authorized gasoline be not struck down.

In October 2017, the Gujarat Air pollution Management Board (GPCB) had issued a notification specifying an inventory of 15 ‘authorized fuels’ within the state, which included coal, lignite and petcoke, amongst others. The notification was issued in train of the powers conferred to GPCB below the provisions of the Air (Prevention and Management of Air pollution) Act. This notification was modified in 2018 imposing circumstances to the utilization of the authorized fuels and once more modified in 2019, barring using petcoke or furnace oil as a gasoline in non-attainment cities (cities that don’t meet with acceptable ranges of the Nationwide Ambient Air High quality requirements as prescribed below the Air Act) as declared by the Central Air pollution Management Board. These embrace Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot.

The division bench, in its order dated October 29 and made public on Saturday, famous: “There needn’t be any debate that using coal has a continued opposed impact on the atmosphere and the lives of thousands and thousands of individuals,” and that GPCB and the state authorities, “have the obligation to offer clear air,” and “have the powers below the provisions of the Air Act to mandate the utilization of PNG/CNG.”

Primarily based on this, the bench thus referred to as upon the state to reply as to why the Gazette Notification of 2017 of the GPCB “or any comparable notification/order by which it declares coal to be an authorized gasoline below Part 2(d) of the Air Air pollution Act be not struck down.”

The courtroom additionally directed the state in addition to the GPCB to “furnish data as regards the entire consumption of coal in Gujarat each year”, in addition to of the variety of industries throughout the state utilizing coal as a medium of gasoline.

Earlier, throughout the course of the listening to of the PIL on October 29, authorities pleader Manisha Shah, representing the state and the GPCB, had submitted that coal continues to be permitted to be used in industries owing to difficulties in supplying pure fuel to distant areas of the state as a consequence of absence of the fuel community. The state had additionally justified that pure fuel prices extra, which can impression industries, and sometimes the latter are supplied subsidies in far-flung locations.

The PIL filed by advocate Amit Panchal, showing as party-in-person, has, particularly, highlighted air polluting industries with the utilization of coal and lignite, and the necessity to adhere to permissible air pollution requirements.

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