Published: Tuesday 15 January 2008

The Goa State Pollution Control Board has directed Jain Udyog Pvt Ltd, a sponge iron plant operating at Sanvordem in south Goa, to shift its unit after taking appropriate consent from the board.

The board took the decision on December 11, 2007, in view of the environmental guidelines given by Nagpur-based National Environmen-tal Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), in its report on the environmental status of sponge iron plants in the state (see 'Rule of law', Down To Earth, December 31, 2006).

Ashok Daiwajna, member secretary of the board, submitted the board's decision to the High Court of Bombay at Goa and added that the plant had 15 days time to submit the implementation plan. The pollution control board has also stressed that the plant must comply with all the recommendation and observations made by NEERI within six months of the date of issue of the directions.

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