The NGT imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore on the Noida Authority and Rs 50 crore on the Delhi Jal Board and said that the officers of the level of Chief Secretary of UP and Delhi should take the matter seriously and fix the responsibility of the concerned authorities and take action against the officials.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore on the Noida Authority. This fine was imposed on a petition by Kusum Gupta of Noida, which said that the 21 km long irrigation drain going from Delhi to Noida via Sector-168 was not cleaned. Whatever facts were presented before the NGT on behalf of the Noida Authority and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), were insufficient for this matter.
The National Green Tribunal acknowledged that the drain has caused a lot of damage to the environment. The NGT said that the Chief Secretary level officers of UP and Delhi should take this matter seriously and fix the responsibility of the concerned authorities and action should be taken against the officials. The NGT also said that a joint committee of Chairman CPCB, Chairman DPCC and Chairman UPPCB should be formed and an action plan for remediation should be prepared in three months.
The NGT has also reprimanded the Delhi Jal Board in the order and imposed a fine of Rs 50 crore. The amount of the fine will have to be deposited separately in the account of the Central Pollution Control Board by both authorities. Also, UPPCB should take strict action against 95 societies, and industries whose sewerage is being treated without any treatment.
Not only this, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, Delhi Jal Board, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, Nagar Palika Parishad, and Khoda Makanpur were also directed that action should be taken by verifying whatever dirt goes into the drain.
At the same time, Kusum Gupta told that on 1 October 2018, he had filed a petition in the Supreme Court regarding the matter of cleaning the drain. During the hearing there, it was asked to go to the NGT. On 1 November 2018, he filed a petition in the NGT, on which the NGT, while hearing on 5 August, gave directions against the Noida Authority and the Delhi Jal Board.