The Supreme Court bench comprising justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Fali Nariman on August 23, directed State Pollution Control Boards in Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Pondicherry, Jharkhand and Delhi, to inspect the quartz-grinding units in their States within three weeks.

The SPCBs in these States have been especially asked to report on the deficiencies which the Central Pollution Control Board found in such units in Gujarat.

The SPCBs have been strictly told to close down units which have not complied with their directions. The chairpersons of these six SPCBs have been asked submit affidavits about the results of their inspections, and actions taken within 10 weeks. In the absence of such affidavits, the chairpersons have been asked to be personally present on their own expense on the next date of hearing. Read more