The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the Haryana State PCB to “take further steps in coordination with other concerned authorities, including the Nagar Panchayat and Development Department” to sort out the issue of sewage flowing into NH 19 and furnish a compliance report. The Tribunal also made it clear that in case of non-action, the State PCB may initiate prosecution under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and recover compensation for damage to the environment.
The Principal bench of NGT was looking at a complaint in which allegation about sewage flowing from Seekri village in Faridabad district in Haryana was flowing into the service road and on the stretch of Delhi – Agra Highway. The petitioner had alleged that the flooded road hampers the movement of vehicles, emits foul smell, causes water borne diseases and accidents on the highway among other issues. Thereafter, the NGT had sought a report from the State PCB that submitted its report in which it was pointed out that Gram Panchayat and other agencies were clearing the drain water from time to time and such measures. However, the NGT found such measures only temporary and ordered the SPCB to remediate the drain overflow onto the highway.