The Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) to inspect over 100 brick fields, allegedly running illegally, at Baduria in the North 24-Parganas.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya also asked the SP of North 24- Parganas to provide security to the officials of the pollution control board during their inspection. Manoranjan Mondal, owner of a brick field at Baduria, had filed a petition in the High Court in 2009 challenging the WBPCB’s order in which it had directed Mondal to shut down his brick kiln on pollution ground. In its notice, the WBPCB stated that fumes coming out from Mondal’s kiln was damaging the nearby paddy fields.
In his petition, Mondal had alleged that over 100 brick fields were running in the area but the WBPCB did not take any steps against them. The High Court has now directed the WBPCB to submit its inspection report within four weeks.