Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court today rapped the state’s pollution control board for its lax in implementing the pollution control norms in Gujarat and not taking action against the ones breaking the law. In a stern statement, the HC said that the pollution control board should be scrapped by the government if it is failing in fulfilling its responsibilities.

The HC was hearing a petition filed by an independent organization over the release of effluents and pollutants into the Narmada River by the chemical factories in the Ankleshwar district of Gujarat. It called the pollution control board a toothless tiger and criticised the government agencies for shifting their responsibilities to one another and not taking up the mantle on their own. It said, “Government agencies are not doing anything to prevent the water and air pollution, it seems as if it doesn’t care about the damage we are doing to our planet.

It has demanded from these departments to provide an answer for their failure in implementation of the pollution control norms.