SC directs Gzb agencies to deposit Rs 22cr green compensation in 6 wks

  • | Monday | 16th October, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The Supreme Court has directed the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation and Ghaziabad Development Authority to deposit Rs 20 crore and Rs 2 crore, respectively, in an escrow account for upgrading solid waste and sewage disposal facilities in the city. The two-judge bench, comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna and SVN Bhatti, directed the two agencies to make the deposits within a period of six weeks from October 9, when the order was passed. The court passed the order on a petition filed by the Confederation of Trans-Hindon RWA in 2018 over unscientific disposal of legacy waste from the Shakti Khand landfill site in Indirapuram, Kuldeep Saxena of the confederation said.On September 6 last year, a three-member bench, headed by NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel (retd), directed the civic agencies to pay Rs 200 crore in compensation for failing to manage civic waste in the city. The GMC was directed to pay Rs 150 crore and GDA the rest. It had directed them to deposit the amount with the district magistrate and be utilised for remedial measures.The municipal corporation had moved the Supreme Court against the NGT order in October last year.Municipal health officer Mithilesh Kumar told TOI that in October 2021, the green tribunal had imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on GMC over the "unscientific" disposal of legacy waste from Indirapurams Shakti Khand 4 landfill site while hearing the Confederation of Trans-Hindon RWAs petition. "In December 2021, GMC moved the SC against the NGT order. In April 2022, the SC had stayed the NGT order. We hoped to get some respite from the green compensation imposed on us by the NGT this time too. Saxena said GMC and GDA have also been told to file the latest reports on the quality of water at the inlet and outlet treatment plants, the quantum of solid waste generated and the disposal in accordance with the norms. The SC also ordered the two agencies to indicate the amount spent by them for the management of municipal solid waste and STPs.We also published the following articles recentlyNGT report: No discharge of industrial waste into sewerThe fact-finding committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal has submitted its report on the gas leak tragedy in Ludhianas Giaspura. The report rules out the discharge of industrial effluents into the sewer system as the cause of the incident, but suggests poor ventilation and choking of sewer lines as possible reasons. It also dismisses the possibility of any chemical discharge by tankers near the incident site. The report highlights the lack of proper ventilation and infrastructure in the affected houses as contributing factors to the incident.IndiGo to launch direct flights to and from Salem in OctoberIndiGo, the largest airline in India, is set to launch three new direct routes to and from Salem in Tamil Nadu. The carrier will begin flights from Salem to Chennai on October 29, and to Hyderabad and Bengaluru on October 30. These new connections will improve interstate connectivity and regional accessibility, aligning with the regional connectivity schemes goals. IndiGo aims to provide convenient and affordable travel options, reduce travel time, and promote tourism in the region.Exclusive: GUAPAs LFW collection is crafted with regenerated yarn derived from ocean and landfill wasteGUAPA, a swim, resort, and ready-to-wear label by Reby Kumar, will be showcasing their latest collection Under the Palms at Lakme Fashion Week. The collection is inspired by a nomads discovery of an Oasis and features vibrant art prints and unusual color combinations. The swimwear is made from regenerated yarn derived from ocean and landfill waste, making it sustainable and chlorine resistant. The collection also emphasizes the use of cupro-based fabrics, known for their biodegradability and breathability. GUAPA aims to design stunning eco-conscious clothing by using biodegradable fabrics and reducing waste.

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