NGT imposed fine of Rs 1 lk on Solan municipal committee
News Credit- INDLAW
31.7.2013 (UNI) The National Green Tribunal slapped a fine of Rs one lakh on Municipal committee Solan for publicly disposing the municipal waste after set it on fire at Salogra, suburb of the town.
The Tribunal had imposed a blanket ban on dumping of municipal waste or debris in river Beas, issuing a show cause notice to the concerned authority while hearing another matter here yesterday.
A Circuit Bench of Principal Bench of the Tribunal was held in the HP High Court on July 29 and 30 to deal with the cases relating to environmental issues in the hill state.
Chairperson of the Tribunal Justice Swatantra Kumar along with four members of the Bench Justices UD Salvi, Dr DK Agarwal, PS Rao and Ranjan Chatterjee, heard 35 cases and issued directions to the government.
The Bench while hearing a writ petition filed by one Karan Singh against Municipality Solan for setting MC waste on fire, which led to fire in the nearby forest, observed that it was a blatant violation of environment norms by the civic body.
Taking cognisance of another complaint lodged with the HC, the bench issued show cause notice to various authorities, including Pollution Control Board, imposing a blanket ban on disposal of MC solid waste, debris and treated municipal water.
Counsel for Station Pollution Control Board contended before the bench that four solid and municipal waste treatment plants were working at Mandi, Bhuntar, Kullu and Manali and treated water was being disposed in the river.
The bench asked the authority to collect samples of treated water being disposed in the river and file report before it.
Meanwhile, solid, treated or untreated waste and debris should not be dumped in the river, it ordered.
The Bench would hear other environment related matters on September 15 and 16. UNI