NGT violates Haryana authorities for violating environmental standards in Murthal
By Sushil Batra
New Delhi [India], June 9 (ANI): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the Chief Secretary of Haryana to take appropriate corrective action, including action against misguided officers for negligent behavior regarding the violation of environmental standards in Murthal , and ensure the filing of a significant compliance report before the next date.
The Tribunal’s instructions came on Tuesday during a plea hearing asking for corrective action against the illegal dumping and burning of garbage and the discharge of untreated sewage from various establishments, including restaurants on GT Road , in Murthal in the district of Sonepat.
The bench led by the chairman of the NGT, Judge Adarsh Kumar Goel, after examining all the reports submitted on this subject, declared: “we note that beyond saying that measures will be taken by the State of Haryana in terms of SOPs issued by the Central Pollution Control Board. (CPCB), there is no mention of the state of compliance. The authorities seem to have taken the matter lightly by considering the filing of a situation report as a formality.
“… The Tribunal expected significant action on the ground which was not taken despite the time available after the last hearing and the finalization of the POS by the CPCB a long time ago. While noting our disapproval for such negligence and failure, we call on the Chief Secretary, Haryana, to take appropriate corrective action … “he added.
The Tribunal noted that the status report filed on behalf of the State of Haryana is to the effect that the standard operating procedure (SOP) prepared by the CPCB has been adopted and the previous policy has been withdrawn and added that the application of the SOP published by CPCB will be ensured.
During the proceedings, the Tribunal reviewed compliance with environmental standards by all of these establishments across the state.
In its latest report, the CPCB said it had already finalized its guidelines regarding the area / group of restaurants / hotels / motels / banquets among other places and that the state of Haryana should take further action.
Previously, CPCB conducted an inspection of roadside restaurants / eateries in Murthal, Haryana, on December 21, 2019, in which serious deficiencies were noted with regard to groundwater drying up, unscientific management of liquid and solid waste, air, noise and water pollution. , unscientific use of cooking oil, illegal use of generators and fuel, and lack of consent to establishment and consent to operate as required by law. (ANI)