New Delhi, June 11
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Punjab chief secretary to difficulty instructions to municipal our bodies for well timed payment of maintenance charges of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) to the contractors answerable for their operation.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel additionally directed Punjab to take remedial motion in phrases of the suggestions of the monitoring committee, headed by former Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
“The chief secretary, Punjab, might difficulty applicable instructions in phrases of the above suggestions to the involved officers. We additionally request the monitoring committee to proceed monitoring compliance and furnish an additional standing report as of September 30, 2021, earlier than the subsequent date by e-mail,” the bench, additionally comprising Justice Brijesh Sethi, mentioned.
The NGT additionally directed the Punjab Water provide and sewerage Board (PWSSB) to function STPs for the cities specifically Jalalabad, Abohar, Talwandi Bhai, Zira, Makhu, Moga, Dharamkot, Ferozepur, Gidderbaha, Malout and Sri Mukhtar Sahib (2 STPs of capability 8.7 MLD and 5.7 MLD) successfully and effectively.
It additionally directed the officers of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and Department of Water Supply and Sanitation (DWSS) to watch groundwater of 10 hand pumps of Fazilka district space inside 15 days and in case, contamination is noticed within the groundwater samples, the groundwater sources could also be sealed and show board mentioning that the groundwater supply will not be match for consuming functions could also be erected on the websites.
The tribunal was listening to a plea filed by Vikram Ahuja in search of remedial motion for violation of environmental norms by the discharge of untreated sewage and effluents into the drains and different water our bodies within the Fazilka district in Punjab.
The NGT had earlier thought-about the matter after persuing a report of the Monitoring Committee headed by Justice Jasbir Singh, former Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The monitoring committee had visited the location and analysed the groundwater samples after which conferences had been held with the involved stakeholders and suggestions had been made for the remedial motion. PTI