NGT asks MoEF to hold meeting

September 16, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:35 am IST - New Delhi:

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday constituted a committee comprising officials from Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and Delhi government while directing it to hold a meeting within three weeks on the issue of landfill sites in the Capital.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said the expert committee would comprise officials from MoEF, Delhi government, municipal corporations and Central Ground Water Authority.

It directed the committee to inform it about the existing waste to energy plants operating in the Capital and decisions taken in the meeting.

The Tribunal passed the order after it was informed that the issue of landfill sites was not taken up in the chamber meeting on September 10. The green panel had earlier directed the Chief Secretary to sit with all the municipal corporations and other civic bodies and apprise it about the status of existing landfill sites.

The NGT was hearing a petition filed by NGO Centre for Wildlife and Environmental Litigation seeking a scientific analysis of all the three landfill sites at Ghazipur in East Delhi, Bhalaswa (North West Delhi) and Okhla (South Delhi).

Advocate Gaurav Bansal, appearing for the NGO, had said that all the three landfill sites of the Capital were already “overflowing” and have reached “saturation point”. —PTI

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