New Delhi, Jan 21 (PTI) The National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to look into a complaint of an educational institute alleging that air pollution was being caused by an industrial unit in Kanpur.

A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, asked the state pollution control body to examine the matter and submit a report.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Director Pranveer Singh of the Institute of Technology in Kanpur, alleging that air pollution is being caused due to hazardous chemicals and toxic gases produced by Prestige Coating Limited, which is in close proximity of the institute on NH-2, Kalpi Road at Kanpur.

It is also alleged that the factory is discharging chemical-laden water in and around the area, contaminating the underground water as well as the air.

“Let the UPPCB look into the matter and take appropriate action in accordance with law and furnish a factual and action taken report to this Tribunal within one month from the date of receipt of copy of this order by email,” the bench said on January 18.

A copy of this order, along with the complaint, be sent to the UPPCB by e-mail for compliance, the tribunal said.

“Needless to say that order of the National Green Tribunal is binding as a decree of court and non-compliance is actionable by way of punitive action, including prosecution, in terms of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010,” the green panel said.

The matter is posted for next hearing on April 4.

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