Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding construction of an STP on the bank of Indrayani river, Maharashtra, 30/01/2020

  • 30/01/2020

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Federation of River Residency Cooperative Housing Society Vs Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation & Others dated 30/01/2020 regarding construction of sewage treatment plant (STP) by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in the area between the river bank and blue flood line of the Indrayani River which is a prohibited zone.

It is inter alia alleged that because of such construction the integrity, riparian area of the Indrayani river system, the flood plains, sanitation of general public would be affected adversely and, therefore, deleterious to the environment.

NGT directed the PCMC to immediately demolish the STP in question and take steps to construct one at some other suitable site in accordance with law. The entire exercise has to be carried out within a period of one month under the strict supervision of the MPCB and the Irrigation Department, Government of Maharashtra. Due to the construction of the STP severe damage was inflicted on the environment and ecology of the area, thus the tribunal also directed the MPCB to assess the ecological damage by taking scientific support of experts and recover the same from the PCMC.