The National Green Tribunal has expressed concern over the pollution caused during loading and unloading of goods such as cement at railway siding and directed the public transporter to evolve an appropriate mechanism to address it. A siding, in rail terminology, is a low-speed track section distinct from a running line.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar was hearing a plea filed by Uttar Pradesh-resident Shivansh Pandey against pollution in and around railway godown in Faizabad during loading and unloading of cement, fertilizers and grains by trucks. The plea alleged that the activity was polluting the air and causing respiratory problems.
The UP Pollution Control Board had earlier issued directions to the railways to construct a covered shed and to undertake sprinkling of water in Faizabad to contain the air pollution, apart from adopting suitable safety norms in the course of loading and unloading. Read more
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