Morbi’s tiles industry wins BJP, but Supreme Court disposes of pollution case

Gandhinagar, 23 November 2020

A few days after the BJP won the Assembly by-election in Morbi, the Morbi industries had to lose. All Indian industries are in recession but Morbi’s ceramic industry is booming, there is a huge boom. The world has stopped ordering tiles from China and is ordering from Morbi.

The ceramics industry operated by the coal-based gasifier at Morbi, Rajkot, Wankaner was closed by the National Green Tribunal. The National Green Tribunal banned the use of all types of coal gas due to increasing pollution from coal gas used in Morbi’s ceramic industry. The National Green Tribunal has ordered Colges to discontinue what was previously approved. Against which the Tysl industries of Morbi went to the Supreme Court of the country. The matter has been the Supreme Court, Despoise .

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500 crore fine

Ceramic industrialists of Morbi were fined Rs 500 crore by the National Green Tribunal. The National Green Tribunal, on the orders of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, imposed a fine of Rs 500 crore on more than 450 companies that used gasifiers at a daily rate of Rs 5000. Morbi was visited by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board 4 months after the gasifier was shut down. In which measures were taken to detect pollution.


Morbi’s air quality is poor. There is pollution in the waters of the Makhu River. The land is deteriorating. People’s disease is increasing. It is not until man and animal have died that pollution of air, water and land is responsible for his death.

In the case, the plaintiff and senior journalist Babubhai Ramubhai Saini live in Palanpur. He runs a weekly newspaper called Voice of India. He is known as an RTI activist from Palanpur. After witnessing pollution in Morbi, he took up the chapter when he visited Morbi on the occasion of marriage. Many to drop the case on them

The complete list of 70 factories

Morbi ceramics industry factory list, who filed case in CS

One thousand factory

There are about 700 to 11000 factories in Morbi to Wankaner as well as other ceramic zones. Of these, more than 550 factories were using coal gas. While 3 million cubic meters of natural gas was used daily. They use natural gas due to rising prices as well as cheaper coal gas. The investigation committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal to investigate pollution visited Morbi. Inspected the gas disposal plant at the factory and the technology of waste disposal systems in locations polluted by coal gas.

Green fuel

It does not pollute, it is called green fuel. The decision to use natural gas instead of coal gas was taken on October 30, 2013, in collaboration with Gujarat State Petroleum to drive the ceramic industrialists of Morbi towards green fuel. This decision was taken after the decision of the High Court. By stopping the use of coal gas, all 450 units agreed to use natural gas. Due to which the prices increased by 15 percent.

A similar order was issued by the High Court

A non-disclosure writ was filed in the High Court alleging that coal-based gasifiers were running the factory and polluting the surrounding area with coal dust. On the issue of coal gas plant, the High Court directed the Gujarat Pollution Board to shut down the illegally operated B-type gasifier. At that time, only 15 ceramic units in Morbi were operating illegally without permission. The gasifier was banned. The court also directed the Pollution Control Board to complete the legal process required for the trial run of the gasifier powered by the new technology and decide to exempt industries.

Board approved again

The High Court closed on 24 June 2014 to reopen the factories and the GPCB decided. Units operating coal fired gasifiers will also have to adopt zero discharge technology. After which they will be able to commission the units.

Closed in 2012

In August 2012, the Central Environment Board ordered the closure of the coal fired gasifier. In which case ceramic industries showed readiness to implement zero discharge technology.

Business of 35 thousand crores

Morbi produces about 80 percent of the country’s wall, floor and vetred types of ceramics. Its annual turnover is Rs 35,000 crore and exports Rs 10,000 crore. It pays the government about Rs 4,500 to 5,000 crore per year. There are 4 lakh direct and 6 lakh meter 10 lakh people working here along with other industries associated with this industry. 60 new industries An investment of Rs 5000 crore was made in the ceramic industry in 2015-16 and a new investment of Rs 4000 crore in 2016-17. Capital investment of 4 to 5 lakh crores in this industry in Morbi can be considered at today’s market value.

2000 million square feet of tiles are produced. Which breathes China into the country.

However, the BJP government has never provided facilities like Tata Nano or Sanand’s GIDC here. In addition, electricity often goes out here. Therefore, the industry has been hit hard.