NGT Order on Ulhar River Effluents
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The issue was brought by NGO Vanashakti which alleged that industries were severely polluting the Ulhas river. The industries were closed earlier by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and are now utilizing excess water against the terms of the consent. This is leading to the release of more effluents, and causing more pollution. The affidavit of the deputy engineer of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation reveals that the Common Effluent Treatment Plant is being used by industries, which is a violation of parameters. The NGT had previously ordered the authorities to prepare a plan and present it to the tribunal to revive the cities and to check the pollution level in the same.
The NGT order directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to identify industries utilizing the Common Effluent Treatment Plant and polluting Ulhas river by utilizing excess water and discharging effluent beyond the permissible limit. They directed that the official concerned to file an affidavit to enlist the names of concerned industries, who are members of the Common Effluent Treatment Treatment Plant, so as to identify the polluters.
The NGT also reprimanded the municipal commission of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation for noncompliance with their earlier order to divert the Khemani Nulla, which carried effluents into the river. They asked him to file an affidavit to give an explanation for the non-compliance with said order, and to explain why a statement was made to say that the Khemani had already been redirected when in fact it had not. The NGT also asked the Municipal Corporation to state if it had Rs. 20 crores available, to be deposited in the escrow account of the divisional commission of the Konkan division as a guarantee for the work of cleaning up the river. They wer ealso asked to answer whether a tendering process was underway.
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