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E-waste on Ramganga banks: NGT summons UP chief secretary

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Irked over the non-compliance of its order, the today directed the to appear before it and apprise it of disposal of from the banks of the river in

Observing that disposal of is a serious environmental issue, a bench headed by NGT Justice took exception to inaction of the district administration to remove the hazardous waste lying on the

The tribunal directed the to appear before it on October 10.

The order came after the Board informed it that a number of sealed industries were operating illegally in densely populated residential areas.

It also told the bench that the failed to snap connection of 27 illegal units and the joint inspection team visited the areas in the vicinity of river and found that "heaps of black powder stacked in the open" were found lying on the

The tribunal had earlier imposed an compensation of Rs 10 lakh on the government for failing to take action on disposing of the e-waste lying on the banks of the river in

Gaurav Bansal, appearing for the petitioner in the case, said that a large number of people are involved in unscientific dismantling and washing of on the banks of Ramganga and the authorities have failed to take action against them.

Earlier, a committee comprising officials of the Board (UPPCB), Nagar Nigam, and UP Rural Engineering Services, had told the tribunal in a report that the e-waste lying on the banks of the Ramganga river contains such as chromium and cadmium.

The committee, formed by the NGT, had said that the concentration of metals in the e-waste, which was in the form of black powder, was above the prescribed level.

The tribunal had earlier asked the to hold a meeting and submit a detailed report on the issue.

The tribunal was hearing a petition filed by Mahendra Pandey, seeking action against of electronic waste in Moradabad, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur districts of along the Ramganga river, an important tributary of the Ganga.

The green panel had announced that anyone found dumping electronic waste (e-waste) on the banks of the Ramganga river in Moradabad would have to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation.

The bench, which had noted that Ramganga was highly polluted, had also made it clear that the compensation would vary from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh depending on the quantum of the waste dumped.

The river, which spans a length of 596 km, carries a BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) load of 128 tonnes per day and is polluted by heavy discharge from various industries such as sugar, distillery, and paper, textile and dyeing, it had noted.

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 16:30 IST