Whether the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) had a duty to control the dust emanating from stone crushers in C. Rayavaram village of East Godavari District?
Did the APPCB violate the precautionary principle in dealing with the issue of environmental pollution?
Duty of the Pollution Control Board: The case establishes that the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) has a statutory duty to protect the environment and prevent pollution. This duty is derived from environmental laws and regulations that govern the functioning of the APPCB.
Compensation for Harm: The court orders the industrial unit to pay compensation to the affected villagers for the damage caused to their health and property. This reinforces the principle that those who cause harm or violate the law must be held accountable and provide restitution to the affected parties.