GMC dumping waste on a plot near school? NGT seeks report

  • | Sunday | 3rd December, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed that a two-member committee be formed to give a report on dumping of municipal waste at Shahpur Road in Morta, Raj Nagar Extension. The committee will consist of a member secretary of the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and a representative of member secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).The committee has been asked to file its action report within 8 weeks.On July 18, environmentalist Dipesh Choudhary filed a petition alleging that GMC has been dumping waste on a plot along Shahpur Road in violation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. He questioned the move to turn the plot into a dumping ground, pointing out that around 50 educational institutes run in the area.According to Choudhary, in 2021 GMC trucks began dumping the citys waste on the 50-bigha plot. There is a school only 500m from this dumping ground. At least 1,700 students attend classes there. The air of the entire area has turned foul. There is a strong chance of them falling ill, he said.Earlier in August, NGT had constituted a two-member committee. However, the NGT, in its latest hearing dated November 24, has removed the DM from the new committee and included a representative or member secretary of the CPCB in his place. Learned counsel appearing for the GMC, has informed that the city health officer was included in the joint committee and he had done the inspection on the instruction of DM. Hence, we issue notice to DM to explain his conduct of violating the order of the tribunal and acting contrary to it by including the third member in the committee. Let the reply be filed within 4 weeks, the tribunal said in its order On November 11, the UP State Pollution Control Board had submitted their ground report where it informed the tribunal that there were three dumping sites -- in Pratap Vihar, Indirapuram and Bhikanpur. The two sites located at Pratap Vihar and Indirapuram were completely remediated in July, 2022. We will comply with the NGT orders, said DM Rakesh Kumar Singh.We also published the following articles recentlyNGT forms committee to probe sea turning red in PuducherryNGT forms committee to investigate sea turning red in Puducherry; committee to determine cause and take action; includes nominees from pollution control boards, university, and marine biology center; report to be submitted in two months.Construction waste dumps a call to disasterResidents of villages near Silkyara are facing issues due to construction waste dumping from the Char Dham road widening project. The villages of Manjh Gaon and Vaana Gaon have been living under the threat of toxic waste for the past five years. The waste has been dumped nonchalantly across the slopes of their villages, causing concerns for the villagers. The waste disposal poses a threat to local streams and rivers, endangering nearby communities with the possibility of floods and flash floods. Urgent attention from the authorities is needed for these muck dumping sites.SC stays NGTs 12,000 crore waste disposal lapse fine on MaharashtraThe Supreme Court stayed a National Green Tribunal order directing Maharashtra government to deposit Rs 12,000 crore for failure to treat solid and liquid waste generated in the state. The Maharashtra government argued that the imposition of a huge cost is detrimental to their steps for waste management. The bench, after hearing the governments argument, stayed the NGTs order and directed the state to deposit the amount within two months in a separate account.

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