The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttarakhand government to ensure that no illegal tenting occurs near river Ganga’s banks and tributaries.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board to prohibit sewage or industrial effluents directly into the river or its tributaries.
It warned that any failure has to bring about deterrent reimbursement from the people/authorities responsible for discharging untreated sewage/effluents into the river.
“Such repayment has to be a deterrent and good enough to recover the recovery price. This is necessary to ensure that the river Ganga is polluting during activity. Repeated directions of the Supreme Court and this tribunal within the remaining 34 years must not stay on paper. The committee constituted by using the tribunal may additionally perceive folks answerable for failure, which includes the officers and authorities of the kingdom authorities,” the bench stated.
The NGT directed that in any place sewage remedy flowers are non-compliant, the astringent motion has to be taken, and each polluting activity should be stopped until adequate remedial steps are taken.
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) can also ensure compliance concerning prevention and removal of encroachments, maintenance of e-flows, afforestation, and putting bio-variety parks, floor water law, sand mining regulation in place, it stated.
“The country of Uttarakhand might also make certain that no unlawful camping takes vicinity on the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries. We can also make a particular point of alleged illegal tenting at Piyani village in District Pauri Garhwal toward Neelkanth Avenue. The policy of e-flows may be without a doubt spelled out via the kingdom of Uttarakhand,” the tribunal stated.
“We are surprised by the mindset of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board and the NMCG, which violates this tribunal’s orders and the law’s mandate. Officers involved in the UPPCB and the NMCG are liable to be proceeded by using way of coercive measures.
“Accordingly, we overruled the views of the UPPCB and the NMCG and upheld the view of CPCB and direct on-the-spot closure of all the polluting discharges via such industries into Ganga or its tributaries. Compliance with this route may be ensured by using the UPPCB. The Member Secretary of the UPPCB may additionally stay found in man or woman earlier than this tribunal on the following date at the side of compliance record and reason for violating the tribunal’s directions,” it stated.
Action can be taken in opposition to any individual or status quo discharging pollution within the drains or river by using the closure of such interest, prosecution, and recovery of deterrent repayment that is good enough to fulfill the healing value tribunal stated.
It also directed the UP authorities to consider necessary finances to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to remediation chromium dumps at Kanpur Death, Khanpur, and Rakhi Mandi and ensure the right e-flows from the Narora barrage.