The Morbi-Wankaner ceramics cluster in Gujarat created a gas-based economy following the National Green Tribunal’s ban imposed last year on coal-based gasifiers in the industrial units. However, a recent NGT order shows that industrial pollution is still a major concern here. 

The industrial cluster of Morbi has been ranked 81st on the list of 100 most polluted clusters where the NGT has sought an action plan from the state pollution control boards. 

Following an NGT order in March, 2019 for an immediate shutdown of all industries run on polluting coal gasifires at Morbi, units began switching to gas. As a result it became the country’s largest hub in terms of gas consumption, with consumption doubling from 2.25 million metric standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd) in a month after the NGT order. 

In November, the NGT named Morbi as one of the most polluting industrial clusters in its order. The reason, it said, was that many units continue to use coal gasifiers despite  complete ban on them.

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