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NGT directs closure of Paradip Coke Plant

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Bhubaneswar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Kolkata Branch on Tuesday issued orders for early closure of the Kalinga Calciner petroleum coke plant at Paradip for failing to fulfill pollution norms.

The NGT asked the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) to seal the plant and the Jagatsinghpur district Collector to disconnect power supply to the factory while hearing petitions filed by Udayabata villagers and going by reports of the SPCB, the State Environment Impact Assessment Impact Authority and the district Collector.

However, Sankar Prasad Pani, representing petitioners, had alleged that the factory polluted the entire environment with residential areas and water bodies being covered with layers of sticky oily carbon dusts released by the plant.

The locals were having difficulties in breathing and suffering from eye irritation and skin infection.

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