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HC orders closure of eight unauthorised electroplating units

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Mumbai, Feb 22 (UNI) Bombay High Court today directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to close down eight unauthorised electroplating units in the metropolis and, if necessary, take police help in implementing the order.

A division bench comprising Justice R M Lodha and justice Anoop Mohta passed the order during the hearing of a PIL, filed by environmentalist Solomon Mordecai and others, alleging that these illegal electroplating units in the slums and residential areas in suburban Mumbai were not following the mandatory provisions of the law under the Environment Protection Act, 1991, and are hazardous to human life.

Advocate Uday Warunjikar, arguing on behalf of petitioner, contended that according to the Act, an electroplating unit could not start functioning without obtaining the permissions from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the Collector and the BMC.

These units were operating in the slums and residential areas and complaints against them had been made to the MPCB, Collector and the Civic Officials.

Advocate Warunjikar also contended that these units were emitting pollutants that were hazardous not only to environment but to life.

According to the petitioner and a study conducted by experts, these pollutants could cause serious illnesses like asthama, swellings, irritation, lung cancer, tuberculosis and other complications in the health of the people around.

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