Supreme Court Stays NGT Order on Gas Leak in SAIL RSP Plant
The Supreme Court has stayed a National Green Tribunal order directing payment of compensation to the families or heirs of those who died in a toxic gas leak in Rourkela Steel Plant. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and M R Shah issued notices to the Central Pollution Control Board, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Department of Factories and Boilers of Odisha and others. The bench said "Issue notice. In the meanwhile, stay of the operation of the judgment and final order dated February 11, 2021 of the National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi. The dependants of the workers, who died on 6 January 2021 shall continue in employment till further orders.”
The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by Rourkela Steel plant against an NGT order which took cognisance of a media report about gas leak in the plant and directed payment of compensation to the families or heirs of people who died in the gas leakage.
The NGT had directed the constitution of an expert committee comprising the Ministry of Environment, Central Pollution Control Board and the Odisha Pollution Control Board to look into the matter of suspected toxic gas leak in Rourkela Steel Plant on January 6. The bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel in an order passed on February 11 had said that the committee may co-opt two other industrial safety experts.