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Untreated waste being dumped into River Kaali, NGT pulls up municipality

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New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Meerut Municipal Corporation (MMC) to take proper measures for removal of waste from the bank of the river Kaali in village Ganwari.

A three-member bench, comprising Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Justice S.P. Wangdi and Dr. Nagin Nanda, passed this order while hearing  an application  filed by Naveen Kumar and Vishal Kumar, alleging that the waste was disposed in an unscientific and unhygienic manner by the municipal authority on the site and has taken 200 people ill and 22 have died.

Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Board

The Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Board (UPPCB) had reported to the bench that the dumping site at river Kaali is in violation of conditions of environmental clearance and does not have the requisite consents to establish under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, nor has authorization been taken under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

The bench found the status report filed by the municipal corporation, which claimed that the waste had been collected and segregated from the site, to be unsatisfactory. It observed that the photographs of the site taken on August 29, 2020 by the applicant prove that waste is still lying unscientifically at the site, belying the claim of the municipal authority in its status report.

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In light of the above facts the bench ordered the municipal authority to take proper action and the state PCB to oversee its implementation.

Moreover, the oversight committee formed by the Tribunal will file an independent report before the next date of hearing and the Secretary, Urban Development will furnish an action taken report with regards to its order.

-India Legal Bureau

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