In the matter of polluting Hindon River with untreated water coming from Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Raj Nagar Extension, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board can take action against Ghaziabad Development Authority. In its investigation after an environment activist raised the matter on Integrated Grievances Redress System (IGRS) portal, the district pollution control board found that the STP set up by GDA is violating pollution norms. The board has sent a report of its findings to the headquarters of UPPCB in Lucknow.
“In our findings, we have suggested to initiate proceedings against the authority for causing damage to the environment,” an official said.
On July 18, Vikrant Sharma, the environment activist had recorded a video showing STP situated at Morti Village of Raj Nagar Extension was discharging untreated sewage water to the storm water drain, which assimilates into Hindon River flowing at a distance of few hundred meters. Sharma had also alleged that the STP was not operational at the that time. Later he filed a complaint on IGRS portal of UP government. After receiving complaint on the portal, a Sub-inspector of Sihani gate Police Station visited the STP and found it non-operational. After that, officials of pollution control board inspected the STP. In the inspection, the officials found anomalies in the operation of the STP with 56 MLD capacity. The officials recorded their findings and have sent its report to the headquarter in Lucknow.
However, after receiving backlash from the residents, GDA has set up a committee to investigate the allegation of discharging untreated water into Hindon River via a storm water drain. The committee is headed by Santosh Kumar Rai, secretary at GDA.
Commenting on the matter, Sharma said that it shows the sheer negligence of the authority. “They should be penalised for their criminal act. Discharge of untreated sewer water will kill the flora and fauna of Hindon and will add to its already high level of pollution as well,” Sharma added.
Meanwhile, Sharma has demanded inclusion of 5 members from Raj Nagar Extension area in the committee formed by GDA to supervise the matter.