Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding municipal solid waste, sewage and trade effluent management in the city of Gaurakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, 22/03/2018
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Meera Shukla Vs. Municipal Corporation, Gorakhpur & Others dated 22/03/2018 regarding municipal solid waste, sewage and trade effluent management in the city of Gaurakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
NGT notes that despite grant of Environmental Clearance to the Gaurakhpur Nagar Nigam with regard to 32 acres of land to be utilized for municipal solid waste management and processing facility, the Gaurakhpur Nagar Nigam had taken no steps and consequent to which the waste generated was not being handled in accordance with the relevant Rules.
Court holds Gaurakhpur Nagar Nigam responsible for its failure to manage municipal solid waste to prevent pollution of rivers and failure to properly maintain and manage the sewage, polluting the rivers in question, the Gaurakhpur Nagar Nigam has exposed citizens to severe health hazards. Court also pointed to the State of Uttar Pradesh's failure to get medical checkup done of the people. CGWA was directed to examine the water samples which has also failed. Cumulatively all the Authorities have failed to ensure health of the people resulting in severe risk to life.
National Green Tribunal imposes a cost of Rs. 5 lacs on Gaurakhpur Nagar Nigam for its failure to comply with Court's direction issued on 30th January, 2018 as well as its failure to file statement.