Pune: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), west zone, directed a poultry farm run by a private firm to abide by the guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) regarding better management. Badrinath Shinde, a farmer, had filed an Environment Interest Litigation (EIL), raising issues related to odour nuisance, air pollution and danger to health due to the poultry farm located near his village.
There are around 656 poultry farms across Maharashtra. This order, in fact, applies to all poultry farms across the country. The NGT, west zone bench comprises Justice Umesh Salvi, Judicial Member, and Dr Nagin Nanda, expert member.
The NGT has directed the poultry farm owner Charoen Pokphand (India) Ltd, situated at Suregaon village, Newasa taluka in Ahmednagar district, to abide by the guidelines.
The issue regarding odour nuisance and air pollution due to the disposal of dead birds or biological waste in an improper manner was brought to the notice of the NGT.
In its final order, the tribunal directed Charoen Pokphand (I) Ltd at Suregaon to keep a record of disposal of dead birds or biological solid waste at the common facility engaged by them. The record, so maintained, should be submitted to MPCB every month for their scrutiny.
The NGT has also directed MPCB to examine how the guidelines indicated can be put into practice in relation to the said poultry farm at Suregaon village. It also asked the board to issue such guidelines as necessary for pollution-free functioning of the poultry farms.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Advocate Aseem Sarode said the NGT order applies to all poultry farms across the country.
“Following the guidelines of CPCB is a must to ensure good health and safe environment for all those who reside in the nearby area of poultry farms. Poultry is considered as a side business by most agriculturists and farmers. However, many big industrial giants are now a part of this business. A close check should be kept on them, in terms of following the guidelines issued by the pollution control board, as well as the court,” said Sarode.