The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttarakhand government to ensure that no illegal tenting takes vicinity at the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries.
A bench headed through NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board to prohibit any sewage or industrial effluents either directly into the river or its tributaries.
It warned that any failure has to bring about deterrent reimbursement from the people/authorities responsible for the discharge of untreated sewage/effluents into the river.
“Such repayment has to be a deterrent and good enough to recover the price of recovery. This is necessary to make certain that the polluting of the river Ganga is not a worthwhile activity. Repeated directions of the Supreme Court and this tribunal within the remaining 34 years have to 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 anyplace 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 in place of bio-variety parks, floor water law, sand mining regulation, 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 out 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 on the mindset of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board and the NMCG, which violates orders of this tribunal and the mandate of law. Officers involved in the UPPCB and the NMCG are liable to be proceeded towards 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 directions of this tribunal,” 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 recuperation 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 of chromium dumps at Kanpur death, Khanpur, and Rakhi Mandi and ensure right e-flows from the Narora barrage.