Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution of river Ghaggar on account of discharge of effluents - industrial as well as municipal, 07/08/2018

  • 07/08/2018

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Stench Grips Mansa’s Sacred Ghaggar River (Suo-Motu Case) Vs Yogender Kumar dated 07/08/2018 regarding pollution of river Ghaggar on account of discharge of effluents - industrial as well as municipal.

NGT expresses its disappointment at the "failure of the Authorities in spite of pendency of these proceedings for the last 4 years and clean violation of law, there is no evidence of action taken against persons for responsible for the violation of law at large scale" and directs the Chief Secretaries of the States of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and also the Administrator of UT Chandigarh to constitute Special Task Force (STFs). Such STF may identify persons responsible for violation of law so that action can be taken. The Court stressed on the fact that an action plan with firm timelines is required to be prepared for preventing discharge of untreated effluents in the river by setting up appropriate anti-pollution device such as STP/ETP/CETP or any other such instruments. Wherever required polluting units have to be closed.

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