Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution of Ulhas river in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, 14/09/2016
Order of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Central Pollution Control Board In Vanashakti Public Trust & Others Vs. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board & Others dated 14/09/2016 regarding environmental pollution caused in the riverine system of Ulhas River in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The sources of environmental pollution were identified as untreated sewage and industrial effluents passing in riverine system of Ulhas River.
National Green Tribunal in its Judgement dated 02/07/2015 had directed enforcement of all the directions issued by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) vide letter dated 2.9.2008 to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) as regards Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) at Dombivli and Ambernath. CPCB was directed to ensure the implementation of its directions and for that purpose to ensure that action plan submitted by MPCB is enforced in six months. The Tribunal finds that even after a year the "only action plan prepared by MPCB is laying in the hands of CPCB without its effective implementation."