Haryana warns restaurants for violating standards: The Tribune India
Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Chandigarh, August 13
Following instructions from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), hundreds of restaurants, hotels, motels, banquet halls and dhabas across Haryana have received show cause notices for breaching various standards.
Violations included no consent to operate under air/water laws, no permission to extract groundwater, unapproved building plans, no effluent treatment plant (ETP) or facility solid waste disposal, no fire safety certificate and inadequate parking facilities.
In accordance with the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), different authorizations are required for pollution control and the application of environmental standards in restaurants.
Haryana formed district-level task forces, under the leadership of ADCs on January 7, for effective implementation of the guidelines. These working groups conducted a survey of restaurants and prepared a list of non-compliant units. The data, prepared for 3,207 establishments, revealed that 2,676 did not have a fire safety certificate.
According to the status report filed by Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department, Haryana, show cause notices had been issued to 1,475 units for not consenting to operate. The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has ordered the closure of 20 units. Gupta said show cause notices were issued to 1,948 facilities for not approving construction plans and similar action was being taken against another 491 units.
While show cause notices were issued to 1,016 units for not having an FTE, the HSPCB took action against 12 of those units. In addition, a show cause notice will be sent to 409 other restaurants.
A total of 1,219 establishments have received show cause notices for not having adequate parking facilities, while the same action is being taken against another 370 units. Show cause notices have also been issued to 1,629 restaurants for failing to process their solid waste and similar action is being taken against 204 other units.
“Show cause notices have been issued or are in the process of being issued to all non-compliant units to provide an opportunity to comply with CPCB guidelines. In the event of non-compliance with the standards, strict measures will be taken against them,” the status report before the NGT reads. The issue arose out of a letter to NGT alleging the illegal dumping and burning of rubbish and the discharge of untreated sewage by restaurants on GT Road, Murthal. During the process, the NGT expanded the scope to include all such facilities across the state. Later, the CPCB developed standard operating procedures and the state defined its policy.
During the inspection of restaurants in Murthal on December 21, 2019, the CPCB noted serious shortcomings in the abstraction of groundwater, unscientific handling of liquid and solid waste, air pollution, noise and pollution. water, unscientific use of cooking oil, illegal use of generators and fuel, and lack of consent to start and operate a business.
What is missing
- 1,475 restaurants do not have consent to operate
- 2,439 facilities do not have approved building plans
- 1,425 units have no FTEs
- 1,589 the units do not have adequate parking lots