The Ghaziabad authorities were in for severe criticism from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday for making the Hindon, a tributary of the Yamuna, a dump.
The tribunal issued show-cause notice to the District Magistrate, Ghaziabad, Secretary, Ghaziabad Development Authority, and the in-charge of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam as to why fine be not imposed on them for polluting the Hindon.
The NGT also directed the District Magistrate to call a meeting of all concerned and prepare a plan for collection and disposal of waste for the entire Ghaziabad district.
The Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam has been dumping waste at two sites along the Hindon.
One site is near Raj Nagar extension road and the other is at Pratap Vihar near National Highway-24.
Hindon Jal Biradari, an NGO, had moved the NGT with photographs of municipal solid waste being dumped along the banks of the Hindon. All the senior officers appeared before the tribunal on Tuesday in compliance with its notice.
The NGT had earlier said that the government is expected to act in coordination with each other and ensure that there is no environmental degradation and pollution caused by such activities as is evident from the photographs of the massive dumping on the river banks and the same is being burnt openly.