A petitioner alleges that cement makers were violating the NGT order by overloading trucks with cement and clinker to save on toll.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to 13 cement manufacturers on a petition that said they were violating the tribunal´s earlier order on overloading trucks.
In October 2015, NGT had directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to institute a proper mechanism to check emission levels of moving, overloaded, heavy vehicles.
Petitioner Neena Pradeep alleged the cement makers were violating the NGT order by overloading trucks with cement and clinker to save on toll. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued the notices. The case will be heard next on 6 April. The petitioner also said the companies transport cement by road to cut costs, despite having exclusive railway sidings.
The 13 cement manufacturers are Shree Cement Ltd, JK Cements Ltd, ACC Cements Ltd, Binani Cement Ltd, Birla Corp Ltd, Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd, Heidelberg Cement India Ltd, JP Cement, JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd, Maihar Cement Ltd, Mangalam Cement Ltd, Wonder Cement Ltd and UltraTech Cement Ltd.