Following a plea by a resident against illegal dumping of garbage by the Loni Municipal Council in Ghaziabad's Loni area, the National Green Tribunal on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to take punitive action against the council and sought a compliance report of its order.
The petitioner had alleged that the council started dumping garbage in the middle of Ahmed Nagar, Nawad, behind Lal Bagh Theka, causing health hazard to the residents of the area.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel issued the directions to Uttar Pradesh's Urban Development Department's principal secretary.
"In view of the failure, resulting in damage to the environment and the public health, it becomes necessary to require the Principal Secretary, Urban Development, UP, to look into the matter, take remedial measures and furnish a compliance report to the Tribunal within a month by e-mail," the bench said.
The bench gave the order after examining a report by the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) which said it had found Loni Nagar Palika not complying with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and causing environmental degradation.
Accordingly, the UPPCB said, it has recommended imposition of environmental compensation charges of Rs 50,000 on account of bulk waste dumping and Rs 5,000 on account of the transportation of municipal solid waste in open dumpers.
The UPPCB, in its report to the NGT, also said it has already sent its notice imposing the environmental compensation charges to local body's officer-in-Charge at Ghaziabad collectorate.
The UPPCB said it has also initiated a process for filing complaint against Loni Nagar Palika's executive officer and the contractual agency, M/s Aryan Group of Guard Services, Lucknow, hired for handling municipal solid waste in the area. The complaint has been filed under various sections of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 for violation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.
After issuing directions to the UP Urban Development Department's principal secretary, the NGT posted the matter for next hearing on November 27.
In spite of representations, no action is being taken by the authorities, it said.
The applicant also filed photographs in support of her case.