The National Green Tribunal (NGT) disposed of a petition (Rashid Ali Warsi Applicant(s) Versus UPSIDC Ltd. Ors) on discharge of untreated effluents by textile units using hazardous chemicals in Loni area of Ghaziabad after it was apprised that remedial measures regarding stoppage of effluents in Hindon were taken.
The NGT had earlier noted that the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) set up by the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (UPSIDC) was not functioning properly.
Thereafter, the management of this CTP was handed over to Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Tronica City Association; however anomalies still existed in its functioning. Due to this the Jawali Irrigation Canal meeting Hindon River in Ghaziabad was getting severely polluted, the Tribunal had noted.
In wake of these reports the NGT had formed Monitoring Committee comprising various departments. However, the Committee had mentioned in its report submitted to the NGT on Jan 31 about the non-cooperative attitude of UPSIDC and UPPCB as well as non-compliance of the NGT’s orders.
Thereafter, the NGT on April 4, 2019 directed the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to look into the report of Monitoring Committee and furnish an action taken report.
The Dept of Environment, UP has submitted a report to the NGT on August 6. The report states that “remedial measures have been taken and responsibility of erring officers of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (UPSIDC) fixed who will now be proceeded against by the concerned departments.”
The report further states that “28 units which were operating at 50% capacity have been closed as the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) did not have the capacity to sustain the pollution caused by the said units. A new CETP of 6 MLD capacity has now been constructed and conditional Consent to Operate has been given. There is proposal to revoke the closure in due course after improvement of the situation. The system has been operationalized and third-party verification is in process. OCEMS has been installed. The new CETP is under stabilization.”