In a landmark judgment, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to 135 marriage cum banquet halls in Ghaziabad on a petition by Sushil Raghav and Akash Vashishtha, both green activists. The NGT order states that all marriage homes that have not taken NOC for groundwater extraction from CGWA and further permission from Pollution Control Board (PCB) cannot hold marriage functions from now on, even if they have been accorded prior permission to operate by the authorities or are legal, as per Town Plan/Master Plan.
Thus the NGT has made three points clear: firstly farmhouses/marriage homes need to come up with proper permissions; secondly, these would need consent of both CGWA and PCB to organise marriage functions/events and thirdly, the hirer needs to clean up the area following the function.
The NGT has noted the petitioners’ claim that marriage homes were also not cleaning garbage left behind for days leading to pollution. The NGT has further said at the time of booking the person who hires the marriage homes that are fully constructed or have temporary constructions with open lawns has to deposit 25% of the booking amount or rental as performance guarantee with the district magistrate (DM). The performance guarantee means that the hirer needs to clean up the area after the function is over and the 25% amount will be then refunded to him or else the same amount will be utilised by the authorities to clean up the area and restore to its original look.
According to petitioners the NGT has clearly directed that no farmhouses shall be allowed to come up without valid consent from authorities from now on.
–Prasoon Pant, delhincrnews.in