Reinforcing its March 7 judgement, the Rajasthan High Court (HC) struck down an appeal by the dyers and printers of Sanganer to continue operating from their present location. The units are to shift shop by April 1, 2004, or face closure.
The HC directed owners of such units to pay up to 15 per cent of their turnover for 2001-2002 as pollution fine. This amount would be used to set up a common effluent treatment plant at the new industrial area, to be developed by the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Limited. The relocating units will be given plots in this area on a no-profit, no-loss basis. A writ petition, filed in 1994, had directed the court's attention to the rising industrial pollution in Sanganer (see: 'Lost motif', April 15, 2003).
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