The Supreme Court today passed a slew of directions to curb the release of untreated waste in water bodies and asked state pollution control boards not to allow industrial units to work if they do not have functional primary effluent treatment plants (PETPs), after giving them notice.
A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar directed the state pollution control boards (PCBs) to issue common notice to all industrial units to verify whether they have set up PETPs as mandated under the legal provisions.
The bench, which also comprised Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul, said on the expiry of a three-month notice period, state PCBs should carry out inspection of the industrial units to ascertain the status of their PETPs.
If industrial units do not have functional PETPs, then they will not be allowed to function any more, the court said.
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