High Court Sends Interim Order to Stop Pollution

  March 23, 2021 By: INSEC

The Tulsipur High Court has issued an interim order to Ghorahi Cement Industries Pvt. Ltd. on March 22 to stop the environmental hazard caused by them after a petition was filed by INSEC and other organizations.

A joint bench of Tulsipur High Court Chief Justice Nita Gautam Dixit and Justice Ramesh Raj Pokharel has issued an interim order to manage the equipment to control the activities that adversely affect the environment.

The court issued the order while hearing the writ petition filed by the victim against Ghorahi Cement Industries Pvt. Ltd. and the District Administration Office.

In order to control the adverse effects on the environment, the order states that works such as bag filter, electrostatic precipitator, and the wind-breaking wall should be done, and drinking water should be managed without disturbing the source of drinking water and water waste should be managed immediately without dust on the road.

The court said it would not issue an interim order restraining the industry from increasing the capacity of the petitioners. The government of Nepal, the Ministry of Industry and the Department and the Ministry of Population and Environment, and the Department to increase the capacity of the industry and its impact, have said that it is not possible to issue an interim order now.

A writ petition has been filed in the Tulsipur High Court on April 19 seeking an interim order not to do any pollution-related work as the cement industry in Ghorahi Sub-Metropolitan-3 and 4 has adversely affected public health due to dust, smoke, and noise pollution.

The court had issued a show cause order in the names of the cement industry, chairman of the board of directors, district administration office, chief district officer, district coordination committee, Ghorahi sub-municipality, and chief within 15 days.

The local victims Bharat Devkota, Basant Kumar Ghimire, Dil Bahadur Gharti, Tara Archay, Govind Acharya, Baldev Ghimire, Madhav Subedi, Janaki Gharti of Ghorahi Sub-Metropolitan 3 and 4 have been represented by Advocate Suresh Kumar Gautam of INSEC on behalf of Nepal against Ghorahi Cement Industries Pvt. Binod KC on behalf of, Advocate Sunil Kumar Shrestha on behalf of FWLD, Biswajit Tiwari, President of IHRC Banke, Senior Advocate Kumar Shrestha, Sajida Khatun Siddiqui, President of Sisa Nepal, Huma DC, President of District Food Rights Network Dang, Lok Bahadur Shah, Bal Bahadur Chand, Maniraj on behalf of Nepal Bar Association. Acharya, Basanta Gautam, Binu Shrestha, Mukunda Bahadur Rana, Chairman of the High Court Bar, Nepalgunj Bikash Acharya were the writ petitioners.

Advocate Revathiraman Bhattarai and Raman Shrestha Lagayat argued on behalf of the Opposition.

Jaynarayan Pun