Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding industrial pollution in Harohalli Industrial area, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 24/01/2022

  • 24/01/2022

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Balasubramanyam Vs State of Karnataka dated 24/01/2022.

Grievance in the application is regarding Harohalli Industrial area which was formed in Karnataka by Karnataka State Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) by acquiring fertile agricultural land. It is submitted in the application that this industrial area is very close to Bengaluru and National Highway 209. There are several industrial units operating from here and causing air and water pollution. These industries are continuously utilizing the underground water and have thereby lowered the water table as low as 1000 ft. It is further submitted that untreated waste water is released into the environment and huge smoke from incineration is emitted during night which affects the cattles and causes damages to agricultural fields in the adjoining villages.

Having regard to the seriousness of the allegation, it appears necessary to ascertain the factual position in the matter through a joint Committee of the CPCB, Regional Office (MoEF&CC), Bengaluru, State PCB, KIADB and the District Magistrate, Ram Nagar, the NGT said. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board would be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance. The joint Committee may meet within one month and look into the grievance. Factual and action taken report has to be furnished within three months.