Taking strong note of a joint report of DM, CPCB and UPPCB about the functioning of 3 STPs in Indirapuram—each one of them maintained by Ghaziabad Development Authority, UP Jal Nigam and Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked the officials to take corrective measures. It also asked the UP Chief Secretary to initiate action against the erring officials while the district administration is to ensure the scientific disposal of the waste The 3 STPs were found to be working deficiently, thereby polluting Hindon and Yamuna.
The NGT observed “that from the report the allegation that three STPs are not working properly stands established. Encroachments have not been removed and dumping of solid waste is taking place. The sewage is over flowing. The compensation assessed by the State PCB for damage to the environment is only from January to July 2019, without any finding that till January 2019 the systems were working properly.”
The NGT further observed that no action is shown against the private operators for their failure to prevent sewage flowing in open or going to the river systems and that untreated sewage is being discharged directly into the river system of Hindon which takes such pollution load to the river Yamuna which shows apathy of the authorities.
In its order the court stated that corrective measures must be taken by the senior authorities and directed the Chief Secretary, U.P. to ensure action against officials responsible for the violations.
The Tribunal also said that an action plan is prepared in a month and remedial action be taken for removal of encroachments by the district administration, apart from scientific disposal of waste and cleaning of drains regularly.
It also asked the heads of UP Jal Nigam, Ghaziabad Development Authority and Commissioner, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation to remain present in person on the next date and show cause as to action be not taken against them if till next date satisfactory situation is not brought about.
The matter will be further heard on April 7.
-By Prasoon Pant