The National Green Tribunal has recently sought a response from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and others while hearing a petition regarding the pollution caused by slaughterhouses.

The petition claimed that slaughterhouses contributed immensely to pollution besides damaging the environment. Senior Advocate Raj Panjwani appeared for the applicant.

It said whenever a new slaughterhouse was to be established, it was necessary to examine its impact on the environment according to the 2006 Environment Impact Assessment notification brought out to scrutinise all information about a project or activity and its potential adverse impacts on the ecology of a region.

The petition argued that slaughterhouses and processing units must be brought within the ambit of the notification.

A bench comprising Judicial Member Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Expert Member A Senthil Vel said it was a "substantial question" related to the environment.

"Let respondents No. 1 (MoEF&CC)...file their response, if any, within one month," the bench said. The matter has been listed for further proceedings on January 10.

Cause Title: Gauri Maulekh v. Union of India & Ors.

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With PTI inputs