Hearing the petition of Confederation of Trans Hindan RWAs Ghaziabad on Sept 2 for non-compliance of MSWM Rules 2016, the Principal Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) headed by Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the authorities—namely the district magistrate (DM), Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) & Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) to clear the legacy waste that has been accumulating at a dumping site at Shakti Khand in Indirapuram. This legacy waste had become a bone of contention for the GDA and the GNN both.
The Tribunal was aghast at the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities to tackle the problem of treating the garbage and giving respite to the residents, after reports, first by GNN on August 27 and then by DM Ghaziabad on Aug 28 were submitted to the NGT. The Tribunal noted that “A report has been filed on 28.08.2020 by the District Magistrate, Ghaziabad which does not show any meaningful progress. Report has also been filed by Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam on 27.08.2020 which merely refers to some paper work. The Tribunal records its disapproval at such attitude of the statutory authorities in dealing with such important and sensitive issue of garbage management, affecting the environment and public health which are basic needs of the citizens.”
The site has at least 4 lakh metric tonne of waste that needs to be treated. The NGT earlier in March had directed that Rs 4 cr needed for treating the waste be transferred by the GDA to the GNN. After that the erstwhile Municipal Commissioner had written to the GDA VC to transfer the amount.
However, as no work on ground has been started by the concerned agencies so far, the NGT came down hard on them and stated that the senior officials will be made personally accountable for the lapse and action will be taken against them. The NGT had also requested the oversight Committee headed by Justice SVS Rathore, former Judge of Allahabad High Court to look into the matter and give its independent report in the matter that will be hard again next year on January 19, 2021.
–By Prasoon Pant