On a petition by residents of Kaushambi Apartment Residents Welfare Association (KARWA), an association of Kaushambi Ghaziabad residents, the National Green Tribunal has granted time to Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) till August 31 to complete the work of 5 out of 7 drains—that were to be repaired. Earlier, the GNN had submitted a report to the NGT stating that the work of 2 drains out of 7 had been completed. However, for the rest of the 5 remaining drains the GNN had submitted pendency of work related to these drains ranging from 20%-80%.
Way back, the tribunal on Aug. 1, 2018 had asked the GNN and the DM to initiate remedial action against polluting of storm water drains at Ghaziabad, and had stated strongly that such discharge was in violation of Section 25 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. Six months’ time was granted for remedial action. The matter came up again on April 25, 2019. ‘The tribunal after noting that there were an altogether 7 drains to be repaired had asked for remedial steps and further noted that steps had been taken with regard to the 2 drains but action was pending with regard to the remaining 5.’ Hence, a direction was passed for finalization of the matter and completing the further work preferably within 3 months.
Thereafter, the matter was further considered on Oct. 30, 2019 in view of the allegation that the order had still not been complied with. After passing necessary directions to the GNN the tribunal asked it for a further compliance report by Jan. 31, 2020 to report on the progress made therein and to submit a final report by April 30, 2020.
The GNN requested the NGT for time till May 7 for an action taken report. The latest report of the GNN stated the status of the work that has been completed so far, with regard to the 7 drains. The NGT after hearing the GNN granted it time till Aug 31 and further directed the GNN to ensure that there is no stagnant water in the drains which in the tribunal’s opinion can impact public health.