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Discharge of sewage into Ganga: NGT slams municipalities in Uttar Pradesh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has slammed municipalities in for failing to manage discharge of untreated into the saying it appears that "and public health do not fall on their priority list".

A bench headed by acting NGT Justice refused to agree with the submission that 'nagar palikas' were facing financial crunch as the has not released any money.

"It appears that and public health do not fall on priority list of all these respondents...," the bench observed.

The appearing for the municipalities of Mirzapur, Fatehpur, Chunar and told the bench that they have filed statement of the action taken and the reason for non compliance is that the has not released the funds.

"Be that as it may, we note it with regret that except procrastination of this proceedings on one pretext or other the 'nagar palikas' concerned have shown least regard regarding compliance of the direction of the tribunal and hence, we direct the commissioners and chief officers of each of the 'nagar palikas' together to be present on the next date of hearing with an affidavit sworn to detailing action taken for compliance to the direction issued by the tribunal or nature of compliance," the bench said.

The matter was listed for next hearing on July 27.

The tribunal had earlier asked the government to reply why environmental compensation should not be slapped on it for its "intentional" non-compliance of statutory obligations regarding discharge of untreated into the Ganga.

While issuing a show cause notice to the state government, the NGT had earlier said "and public health does not fall in its priority list" as it was "undisputed" that no action was taken by the state board and municipal bodies to prepare an action plan on cleaning the river.

The UP Board (UPPCB) and municipal bodies of Mirzapur, Chunar, Bhadohi, Fatehpur, and Hastinapur were issued show cause notices asking why environmental compensation should not be imposed on them as they had failed to prepare the plan despite directions issued by the Board (CPCB).

The NGT was hearing a plea of the CPCB seeking directions to the UPPCB and the CEOs of these five municipal councils to "prepare a plan of action to clean and bodies, ground water and soil in a time-bound manner and recover the cost of preparation and execution of such plan of action from the polluters".

Balendu Shekhar, appearing for the CPCB, had said the respondents (UPPCB and five municipal councils) had failed to provide adequate network and install sewage treatment plants for effective treatment of sewage discharged into the river.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 16:55 IST