Date of Order : 31-10-2002

Pursuant to Writ Petition (Civil) No.3727 of 1985 (M.C. Mehta Vs.Union of India & Ors.), Hon’ble Supreme Court of India considering the report submitted by the State Board was pleased to direct the Authorities of Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway on 06-03-2002 to complete the erection of pollution control system within six months peremptorily in respect of their Railway Workshops at Liluah, Kanchrapara and Kharagpur.

State Board submitted report before the Hon’ble Court, through Affidavit sworn on 23-09-2002 indicating that the said railway workshop have erected pollution control system both in respect of air and water and have made proper arrangements for storing and disposal of hazardous waste and solid waste.

State Board submitted that such pollution control system needs at least two months time for stabilization and syncronization.

Hon’ble Court in consideration of the report, upon hearing on 31-10-2002 directed the State Board to inspect the railway workshop after two months and submit report before the Hon’ble Court.


Date of Order: 05.09.2003

[Tannery Matters]

The matter relates with the operation and shifting of tannery units from eastern fringe of Kolkata to Bantala Leather Complex installed by Government of West Bengal.

Pursuant to Writ Petition Civil No. 3727 of 1985 [M.. C. Mehta, Petitioner Vs Union of India & Ors., Respondents and in consideration of all the interim applications in this regards Hon'ble Supreme Court of India was pleased to dispose of all applications filed by the parties before the Hon'ble Court except in case of non-implementation of the status report.

Hon'ble Supreme Court after hearing the parties directed that as soon as BOT Party completes more than 50% of the work as certified by the State Government of West Bengal, the Central Government would release 50% of tree funds mentioned in the detailed project report all ready submitted before the Court.

Hon'ble Court also directed the BOT Party not to transfer the remaining plots in favour of any one till 31st December 2004 till 98 old and displaced tannery holders form a co-operative society or partnership and apply for allocation of the said plots.

Hon'ble Court further directed Calcutta Leather Institute to submit a detailed project report as submitted by the State Government of West Bengal within a period of one month from the date of receipt of a copy of this order regarding safe solid wastes disposal system.

West Bengal Pollution Control Board has been directed to give 'Consent to Operate' to the tannery units only after they develop proper facilities for separation of solids from the other liquid wastes and for operation of chrome or other effluent after taking into consideration relevant Acts and the Rules.

Thus all applications therefore were disposed of by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India with liberty to the parties to file interim applications in case of non-implementation of the status report.