Curb pollution in storm water drains: green tribunal

Following a plea seeking directions to control pollution in storm water drains in Noida, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) to take appropriate action. The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has also been directed to ascertain the facts and take necessary steps.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also directed CEO, NOIDA, to be present before the tribunal on July 5.

‘Appear in person’

“In view of seriousness of violation affecting public health at large, the CEO, NOIDA may remain present in person with the compliance affidavit on the next date. The nodal agency will be the CEO, NOIDA for compliance and coordination,” the Bench said.

The directions came while the green panel was hearing a plea that alleged illegal dumping of garbage into storm water drains, leading to pollution.

“According to the applicant, multiple storm water drains are meeting rivers Hindon and Yamuna. But the said drains remain clogged and choked on account of dumping of garbage, untreated sewage and untreated discharge of effluents. The drains do not have requisite flow and the same are not duly maintained by cleaning,” the Bench observed while noting the allegations in the plea.

The Bench observed that “discharge of any effluent in the water drains is an offence” under relevant environmental rules.

‘Inaction is actionable’

“Action is required on the part of authorities to prevent and remedy such pollution to enforce right of citizens to clean environment. Polluters are to be made accountable as per law. Inaction of the authorities is also actionable by way of disciplinary and punitive action,” the green panel said.

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