The central bench of National Green Tribunal has served a show-cause notice to collector Gwalior P Narhari asking why he should not be prosecuted and punished with imprisonment up to three years and fined up to Rs 10 crore for not complying with the orders of the bench.
These directions were given by the two-member bench of NGT that included Dalip Singh, judicial member and PS Rao. The order was given on Tuesday, but its copy was made available on Wednesday. The next hearing in the case is on January 12. The bench has instructed Gwalior collector to appear in person in the next hearing.
Taking a tough stand, the NGT bench maintained that its "Directions with regard to construction of the approach road to stone-crushing units from the highway have not been complied with and the position with regard to air pollution and degradation of environment around the mining and stone crushing sites at Bilaua area in Gwalior remains the same."
The petitioner in the case had alleged that three stone-crushing units were are functioning illegally and causing damage to ecology and also degradation to the environment in Gwalior district's Bilua village.
On October 13, NGT had directed collector that its "order on the schedule of commencement and completion of the road construction must be complied with by reviewing the position and contacting the concerned authorities”.
Narhari told HT that he was following all the NGT orders. "However, many departments and agencies are involved in the matter and in some cases there are procedural delays. PWD has to construct the approach road, but the procedure for the release of funds by it for the same is taking time. We have told NGT about it and also asked the PWD to expedite the process," he said.