HSPCB imposes Rs 25 lakh penalty on HSIIDC IMT Manesar

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HSPCB imposes Rs 25 lakh penalty on HSIIDC IMT Manesar

The pollution control body issued a show cause notice to HSIIDC for non-compliance of rules.

HSPCB imposes Rs 25 lakh penalty on HSIIDC IMT Manesar

The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) on Saturday has imposed Rs 25 lakh penalty on HSIIDC IMT Manesar against the violation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

The pollution control body issued a show cause notice to HSIIDC for non-compliance of municipal solid waste rules 2016, plastic waste management rules. They also directed the HSIIDC to comply with the robust mechanism on the deficiencies within 15 days.

The action came after the HSPCB officials visited the site and found the traces of burning of solid waste and accumulation of solid waste from industrial area of IMT Manesar and nearby area.

According to a HSPCB official, they have received complaints about the frequent incidents of dumping of solid waste and open burning of garbage in the areas which falls under the jurisdiction of HSIIDC.

In the notice, it said that the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) for the national capital region has issued directions regarding implementation of GRAP.

It has instructed pollution board to monitor hot spots in the city to curb open burning and dumping of waste to mitigate air pollution.

They pointed out that the industrial waste was found dumped at open areas in sectors 5, 6, 7 and 8, on the depression across the National Highway. The HSIIDC is responsible for illegally handling the municipal waste and plastic waste. 

Incidents of burning the municipal solid waste is a gross violation of NGT, EPCA and Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2016, Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.

At present, 2,500 MT solid waste is available for scientific disposal by HSIIDC. It is creating un-hygienic condition in IMT Manesar.

“These activities can affect air quality index of the city, HSIIDC has been asked to pay the environmental compensation, failing which, it will draw prosecution action,” the order said.