M/s Axis Ltd appeals against GSPCB order to seal unit


In an interesting development, M/s Axis Ltd has approached the Administrative Tribunal, Goa, challenging the Goa State Pollution Control Board’s decision to seal its premises, over the issue of 25,000 tons of hazardous waste lying at their site at Plot number L-2 and L-3, at the Cuncolim Industrial Estate.
M/s Axis has also challenged the Board’s decision to revoke the Consent to Operate, issued to the firm for the establishment of a unit to manufacture cement products at Plot No-3 on March 1, 2012.  The appeal has been admitted by the Tribunal, which is likely to hear the matter on Monday. 
M/s Axis Ltd, owns the plot where Ms Sunrise Zinc Ltd had dumped the waste since 2007. The firm in its application before the Tribunal has said that a meeting with GSPCB officials was held on December 17, a day before the order for sealing was issued, and had decided that the firm should apply for captive landfill site with Goa Industrial Development Corporation. “Accordingly the firm had applied on December 20 and GSPCB was asked to reconsider the decision via a letter dated January 1,” the application reads. 
It may be recalled that the directions from GSPCB for sealing the plot and withdrawing the consent was issued followed a surprise inspection conducted by them, which allegedly revealed that the firm handled the hazardous waste stored at Plot No L-2 and L-3 in a manner that amounts to utter disregard of the Board’s directions dated August 1, 2012 and in a manner that could potentially give rise to grave environmental pollution in the vicinity. [H]