Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding remedial measures to deal with the waste generated during Kumbh, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, 22/04/2019

  • 22/04/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 22/04/2019 regarding the remedial measures to deal with the waste generated during Kumbh at Allahabad.

The report received from Justice Arun Tandon, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee states that a large number of toilets have been constructed in various camps on the Arail side very close to the river Ganga. Sewage received at the Rajapur STP was in excess of installed capacity. Only 50% of Rajapur drain was being treated through Geo tube and remaining 50% was being permitted to enter river Ganga without treatment.

Along with the Justice Arun Tandon Committee report an action taken report prepared by the Principal Secretary, Urban Development was received by the NGT which have listed the issues, action plan and timeline. The action plan for bio-remediation of drains informs that the treatments of drains have been undertaken through bio-remediation, phytoremediation and geobag technology. Like-wise the action plan for handling solid waste generated during Kumbh at Baswar solid waste processing plant called for segregating the recyclables, separate the inserts and compost the organic waste. NGT orders that the plan be fully implemented and in shorter time in view of the approaching monsoon season. The Tribunal also directs that accountability must be fixed at ground level and personal supervision of senior level officer ensured.