Assess damage to waterbodies due to inaction by authorities, says NGT

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed a joint committee comprising members from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and others to determine the extent of damage caused due to inaction on the part of Gurugram authorities pertaining to contamination of water due to leachate discharge.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel further directed the Commissioner of the Gurugram Municipal Corporation to file an action plan of the proposed action and preventive and remedial steps to be taken within one week.

“In view of the serious defaults, action may have to be taken for the failure of the authorities which may be determined after considering the action plan,” the Bench said.

Further, the Bench added, “A joint committee of CPCB, IIT-Delhi and NEERI [National Environmental Engineering Research Institute] may determine the extent of damage in monetary terms and assess the cost to be incurred for restoration of environment within one month and furnish a report.”

The directions came while the green panel was hearing a plea moved by petitioner Vivek Khamboj that alleged lack of solid waste processing units in Gurugram.

The Bench also observed that the setting up of solid waste processing facility, which was to be set up within two years from 2016, had not been implemented.

“Wildlife and inhabitants are being affected in terms of health by air pollution, by burning of waste or foul smell for which penal action, including prosecution and recovery of actual damages are required, apart from remedial measures. The Commissioner is not aware of any penal action having been taken…this may show failure of duties of the statutory authorities…”

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