CHANDIGARH: The Supreme Court has directed Panipat Cooperative Sugar Mills to deposit Rs 10 lakh, while issuing a conditional notice on the appeal filed by it against the order of National Green Tribunal (NGT) in December last year.
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The NGT had directed the sugar mill management to pay a fine of Rs 25 lakh, as it was found to be violating norms of air and water pollution. Also, during the inspections carried out by Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), the measures to check and control pollution in the mill were not up to the mark, HSPCB officials reported to the NGT.
Panipat Cooperative Sugar Mills is a wholly government owned unit operating in Panipat city. A local resident had moved the NGT, accusing the state government of having failed to put measures in place. After a long proceeding NGT indicted Panipat Cooperative Sugar Mills.
Earlier this year, the sugar mill had challenged the NGT order before the Supreme Court. Mill management had maintained that it had put in place all measures suggested by HSPCB.
The Apex court took up the issue on April 26 and issued conditional notice. Court had asked the sugar mill to deposit Rs 10 lakh with district legal services authority (DSLA) Panipat within four weeks.