The Supreme Court of India sounded the death knell for five large chemical industries in Rajasthan in an order given on February 15. The industries were given closure orders for producing a highly toxic chemical, 'H' acid whose production has been banned in the western countries. The factories penalised for polluting Bichri and surrounding villages are, Hindustan Agro Chemicals Limited, Silver Chemicals, Rajasthan Multi Fertilisers, Phosphates India and Jyoti Chemicals. The said companies had flouted laws, tried to conceal poisonous sludge, discharged toxic effluents and ignored court orders for years.
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