Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding unscientific dumping of solid waste near Meerut Hapur road, Uttar Pradesh, 09/05/2023

  • 09/05/2023

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Lokesh Kumar Khurana Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 09/05/2023.

Grievance in the application was against unscientific dumping of solid waste in Lohiyanagar Awasiya Yojna on Meerut Hapur road near village Ghosipur by Nagar Nigam Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

The report filed by the District Magistrate, Meerut said that no solid waste plant has been installed for processing of fresh solid waste generated in Meerut.

For legacy waste management, the MSW processing plant for processing of legacy waste is located at Hapur road, Lohiya Nagar, Meerut and during inspection huge quantity of legacy waste was found dumped in the plant. As per information provided by Municipal Corporation, Meerut, approx. 7 lakh ton of legacy waste was lying on the plant. However, no assessment of dumped solid waste in plant has been carried out by Municipal Corporation, Meerut.

The court noted that there is no scientific management of waste. There is neither proper segregation at source nor processing capacity. The report finds that 7 lakh MT of legacy waste still exists and only 3 lakh MT was remediated. There is no waste processing plant and thus, 900 TPD is being just dumped. "Thus, there is patent breach of statutory duties by the Corporation and failure of higher authorities in remedying the situation," said the NGT, May 9, 2023.

The NGT directed the Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh to look into the matter and take further measures. In addition, the Commissioner, Meerut Municipal Corporation should also file action taken report in the matter within one month.