NGT Directs 100 Industrial Units In Maharashtra To Pay 186 Crore Compensation For Water Pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered around 100 industrial units in Tarapur MIDC area of Maharashtra’s Palghar district to collectively pay around Rs. 186 crore as environmental compensation for polluting water bodies in the region by releasing untreated effluents into them. In the Judgment passed on January 24, the Principal Bench comprising of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Justice Sudhir Agarwal, Justice Brijesh Sethi and Expert Member Dr. Nagin Nanda also pulled up the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for failing to take action under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the industrial units despite offences like releasing untreated pollutants into water bodies, and said this “inaction” has encouraged them to continue with the violations “with impunity”. It said the ED was taking action under the PMLA in a “narrow sphere” although the scope of the law was widened in 2013 after amendments.

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