Anupama Fabricators, a factory in Alandur, Chennai had been suspected of causing air and noise pollution to the nearby residential area. Residents of nearby Aswini Anthara apartments asked the factory to move to another location but their requests fell on deaf ears.
Eventually, they approached our Chennai office seeking assistance. Our RTI coordinators at filed an RTI petition to the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on Sept 18, 2009. The District Environmental Engineer of TNPCB conducted an inspection on the factory and found hazardous level of pollutants being emitted. The factory was ordered to be relocated from the residential neighborhood.
The Engineer sent a notice to the factory administration asking them to close the unit and copied the letter to the District collector of Kancheepuram, which expedited the closure of the factory.