NGT pulls Amazon and Flipkart for violating environmental norms


NATIONAL | Sept 14, 2020:

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to conduct an environmental audit and recover fine from Amazon and Flipkart for violation of environmental norms.

The panel observed that the statutory regulators were not taking coercive measures, including invoking of "polluter pays" principle for enforcing the statutory norms against the e-commerce firms.

"A report has been filed by the CPCB, which again mentions one or other reasons for not enforcing the law but does not mention the coercive measures adopted either directly by the CPCB or in coordination with the state pollution control boards," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel said.

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"The CPCB can also consider ordering environmental audit against the concerned entities and assess and recover compensation for violation of environmental norms, following due process of law," the bench said.

The tribunal sought action in the matter before October 14, the next date by e-mail.