In view of the pollution caused by stone crushing units and persistent flouting of rules by industry players, the Madras High Court (HC) has restrained the Tamil Nadu government to permit new crushing units.

The Madras High Court (HC) has provided an extension in the stay order, refraining the State from providing permission to new crushing units. As observed by the judges, law disorder that prevails in the real estate market also prevails in the stone crushing industry.

Going against the recommendations of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), in 2019, had dispensed away the requirement to maintain the minimum distance between two stone crushing units. The relaxation was also made applicable to existing stone crushers and Manufacturing Sand (M-Sand) units. To apprise, the NEERI had earlier recommended in its resolutions to maintain the minimum distance of one km between one stone crushing unit and the other.

In view of the considerable clamour by existing crushing units, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy has issued a stay order concerning the opening or re-opening of stone crushing units. The Court has passed the order on a PIL moved by EV Sampath against the pollution caused by such units.