There cannot be a complete ban on the use of charcoal as fuel by the industries, the Environment Ministry has told the National Green Tribunal. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) told a bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim that no fresh study was necessary in view of the study conducted by a Tamil Nadu based institute. “During proceeding in this case, report was called for from MoEF and in the subsequent proceedings, it has taken a stand that no fresh study was necessary in view of the study … MoEF relies on that report to contend that there cannot be total ban on use of charcoal as fuel/raw material in the industry,” the bench said.
During the proceedings, the counsel for the applicant asked the bench to consider the suggestion that requisite safeguards should be provided even in case charcoal is used as fuel in the industry. The matter is fixed for next hearing on October 9. Earlier, the tribunal had directed the MoEF to to conduct a study to ascertain whether the use of charcoal as fuel in the industries had any adverse impact on the environment. Read More…
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