NGT formed new committee, sought report on pollution caused by slaughterhouses

NGT formed new committee, sought report on pollution caused by slaughterhouses

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has constituted a new committee and directed it to submit a report on pollution caused by the operation of slaughterhouses and tanneries in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel noted various deficiencies in the operation of the units, including illegal extraction of groundwater in the over-exploited area in Ghaziabad.
“Accordingly, we constitute a four-member joint committee comprising of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and District Magistrate, Ghaziabad to visit the site within a month and prepare The SPCB will be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance thereafter, report it within a month.
“The report may indicate the status of compliance in terms of prescribed standards, manner of disposal of effluents, reasons for allowing discharge into Dasna nallah which is connected to Hindon river, compliance with CPCB guidelines if used for horticulture/irrigation. The ground water clearance is done keeping in view that the Ghaziabad block is ‘highly exploited’ and there are other relevant issues,” the bench said.
The NGT said that the statutory regulatory authority may, on the basis of the observed facts, take corrective action in the matter of preventing pollution and fixing accountability for past violations by way of environmental compensation, following due process of law.
An action taken report may be submitted within three months with the Inspection Committee constituted by this Tribunal to monitor the status of compliance of the orders of this Tribunal in the State of Uttar Pradesh under the chairmanship of Justice SVS Rathore, former Judge of Allahabad High Court. Posted in Lucknow.
“If the applicant or any other party is aggrieved by this, they shall be at liberty to seek their remedies in accordance with the law,” the bench said.
The green panel said that since the earlier reports did not show the latest situation, it was necessary to ascertain it.
The earlier committee included officials from CPCB, IIT Delhi and NEERI, Delhi.
The tribunal is hearing a petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar against pollution caused in the operation of slaughterhouses/tanneries operated by International Agro Food Factory, Sabu Sakir Meat Factory, Karan Frozen Foods, JMD Meat Factory, Al-Nafees Frozen Food Exports Pvt Ltd. was. Eagle Continental Foods Pvt Ltd and Exclusive Leather / Triyash Enterprises in Ghaziabad.
The petition, filed through advocate Sumir Sodhi, is pending in the NGT for nearly five years.

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