Air Pollution Control Laws

International Legal Framework:

Regional Legal Framework:

Directive 2001/81/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 23 October 2001 on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants

DIRECTIVE 2008/50/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 May 2008 on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe

Domestic Legal Framework:


The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981, amended 1987


The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) (Union Territories) Rules, 1983

The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Rules, 1982


High Court Cases:

  • Enkay Plastics Pvt . Ltd . vs . Union of India ( UOI ) and Ors . ( 16 . 11 . 2000 – DELHC )
  • Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) All IndiaRadio & Television, Kolkata vs. Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority & Ors. (27.03.2012 – CALHC)
  • P . Ramakrishna Sastry vs . Commissioner of Police , Vijayawada Urban Police , Vijayawada , Krishna District and others ( 15 . 06 . 2001 – APHC )
  • The A.P. Pollution Control Board, HUDA Complex, rep. by its Member Secretary vs. The Appellate Authority Under Water (P&CP), Act and Air (P&CP) Act, HUDA complex and Anr. (28.06.2001 – APHC)
  • Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board rep. by its Member Secretary vs. The State Human Rights Commission rep. by its Member Hon’ble R. Rathinasami, (04.11.2004 – MADHC)
  • M/s. Balaji Stones, Udit Nagar Main Road, Rourkela, represented through Shri Virender Kumar Magoo, Power of Attorney Holder vs. The State Pollution Control Board, Orissa (30.07.2011 – ORIHC)
  • Bihar State Pollution Control Board and Anr. vs. Hiranand Stone Works and Ors. (24.11.2004 – PATNAHC)
  • Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostic (An Autonomous Centre of the Department of Biotechnology) vs. A.P. Pollution Control Board and Anr. (16.03.2005 – APHC)