In a recent meeting (April 4) with district level officers of Ghaziabad members of Yamuna Pollution Monitoring Committee, (YPMC) expressed anguish on the lackadaisical and careless attitude of the officials to prevent the discharge of effluents and sewage into prominent drains emanating from Ghaziabad that empty themselves into Yamuna thereby polluting it.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the YPMC to monitor the abatement of pollution being caused by industries and discharge of sewage particularly at Sahibabad, Loni and Indirapuram areas of Ghaziabad.

Had not it been for Sushil Raghav, city-based green activist and the applicant of the case, the issue of prevention of industrial effluent and sewage into these drains would be raised at all, it seems. Raghav told delhincrnews.in, “There seems to be hope that Ghaziabad authorities will now come up with an actionable plan to prevent the storm water drains from getting polluted by sewage and industrial effluents.”

Previously, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had had detailed meetings and had drawn a blueprint to be followed by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and other agencies.

The review was done to ascertain whether the floodplains belonging to UP Irrigation authorities are being protected or not; to review the outcome of surveys of areas in and around Ghaziabad, namely Sahibabad Industrial Area and Loni that have industrial clusters and the steps taken against those who were discharging effluents into the drains. The meeting also reviewed the progress on discharge of sewer water into storm water drains and the steps taken by the authorities to mitigate them.

The YMPC had also directed the VC Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Principal Secretary (Irrigation), UP and ENC (UP Irrigation Dept) to submit a report by April 30.

The YMPC came down hard on Secretary Industries of UP who was requested to come and who sent a JE to attend the meet. It also lambasted the former PCB head of Ghaziabad SK Tiwari for his lack of interest in the proceedings.

The Municipal Commissioner of Ghaziabad, Dinesh Chandra Singh who was present at the meeting was drawn attention to the vast powers of enforcement and that he had the power to take action against the industries discharging effluents, solid waste and sewage into storm water drains under the various Acts and statutes. He was asked to submit course of action by April 30 while also seeking the help of Sushil Raghav, the complainant.

The future course of action were discussed at length in the meeting.

On April 10 on the same lines a meeting was held by Chief Secretary of UP who assured that action would be taken against those officials who had skipped the important meeting of the YPMC. Thereafter, it was instructed by the Chief Secretary to: initiate action in a month’s time against those industrial units polluting the storm water drains; to take action in a month against those who were running industries illegally among other measures.

The progress of action taken will be reviewed today (April 16), it was informed.

Prasoon Pant, delhincrnews.in

(Email: editordelhincrnews@gmail.com)

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