Gurugram: Stressing on the need for developing a cost-effective sustainable model for solid and liquid waste disposal, National Green Tribunal Chairman, Justice (Retd) Adarsh Kumar Goel, on Saturday, pointed out that clean environment was the fundamental right of citizens. He said the state should ensure that every citizen avail this basic right.
He was speaking on the concluding day of a two-day long regional conference on environment in Gurugram as chief guest.
He said the government alone cannot do anything. It requires the cooperation of all citizens. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slogan “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”, Justice Goel said it was not only a slogan but a part of everyone’s culture.
Officials and various stakeholders from Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh participated along with members of several committees of the NGT attended the conference.
“Since this conference is being held in Gurugram, Gurugram and Haryana should emerge as a model for environmental protection and pollution reduction to set an example for others,” said Justice Goel.
Presenting the figures given by the Central Pollution Control Board stating that 351 rivers of the country were completely polluted while air quality in 122 cities and 100 industrial areas were bad, Justice Goyal expressed his deep concern over the situation.
He stressed on the need to stop excessive groundwater exploitation and reuse it by recycling the water.
Justice (retd) Pritam Pal Singh, chairman of the National Green Tribunal-appointed committee on Ghaggar River and Solid Waste management, asked the officials to ensure removal of waste along all the national highways, state highways and railway tracks passing through Haryana within 30 days. He said, “Cleanliness and environmental protection cannot be achieved at the governmental level alone, but involving people from children to elderly to participate, will make it a mass movement.”
Speaking on the occasion, CPCB Chairman CPS Parihar said, “We have to take urban and rural areas along. We should manage waste by moving in the direction of recycling and reuse and focus on generating revenue from waste so that it can generate income from people. It is very important to ensure participation of maximum people on environment so that it can be made a mass movement.”
While underscoring the state’s initiative, Haryana Chief Secretary Keshani Anand Arora said that a policy has been made by the government regarding the use of waste water. “Under this policy, we have planned to use 80 per cent waste water by the year-2030,” she said.
She further informed that 1500 MLD water was being treated by the urban local bodies in the state through 146 STPs, which were being supplied to 200 houses in the state.
“Today, Haryana ranks first in recharging ground water under Jal Shakti Abhiyan and waste water management committee has also been formed in the state,” she said.
On the first day of the conference, experts discussed the current state of environment and solid waste management, hazardous waste, bio-medical waste, E-waste, domestic and industrial effluent management and the gaps in it. Various Central and State Government departments and experts deliberated on the issue.