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Tribunal chief unhappy over plastic ban implementation in Haridwar: NGT commissioner


The Times of India, Dehradun

September 2, 2015

 

HARIDWAR: National Green Tribunal chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has reportedly expressed displeasure over the "slow pace of work being done" in the implementation of its order of complete plastic ban in Haridwar.

 

Elaborating on the reasons for the tribunal chief's displeasure, NGT's local commissioner Shariq Zaidi told TOI on Wednesday that Kumar was not satisfied with the "piecemeal action" being taken to comply with the order and directed the Haridwar administration and police to submit to the NGT a comprehensive solution to the problem by September 8, the next date of hearing in the case.

 

Zaidi added that Kumar also expressed concern over the functioning of sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the holy city.

 

During the heading, the NGT chairperson was informed that a 45-mld STP at Jagjitpur allegedly allowed untreated sewage to pass directly into the Ganga as it was incapable of treating the entire sewage.

 

The Haridwar administration submitted that a 40-mld (million litres per day) STP was to come up at Sarai village under the water resource development ministry's Namami Gange project. A decision to the effect was taken on May 5, but funds for the STP were yet to be released.

 

The court directed the ministry to submit a status report regarding the grant on the next date of hearing, Uttarakhand additional advocate general Rahul Verma told TOI. It also directed the state pollution control board to analyze the Jagjitpur STP discharge and report whether it is effective and functioning properly.

 

Additional district magistrate J S Nagnyal was present in the court along with SP, city, Surjit Singh Panwar. Nagnyal said a reply to the local commissioner's report submitted on August 4 was filed by the administration. As directed by the NGT, a work plan regarding its order's enforcement will be submitted at the next hearing. "The focus of the court this time appeared to be on the STPs, whereas it was earlier on the cleaning of the Ganga ghats," Panwar said.

 

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