The principal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), during a hearing on Thursday, reportedly ordered executive officer of the Nakodar municipal council (MC) to ensure cleanliness of roads.
The court was hearing a contempt petition filed by Gaurav Jain, a Nakodar resident against deputy commissioner of Jalandhar and EO of the municipal council for their failure to keep the assurance given before the tribunal.
Executive officer of the council Rajeev Oberoi appeared in person along with the petitioner before the bench headed by tribunal chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar. The petitioner also submitted nearly 12 photographs clicked during previous three days showing the garbage littered on the roads.
"The bench has announced penalty of `1lakh per day to be paid by the EO from his own pocket, if he fails to keep the roads clean in the coming days and has also asked Jalandhar Rural SSP to ensure the implementation of the order and be present before the tribunal on February 20, the next date of hearing. We will also submit photographs before the tribunal about the initiatives taken by the council on the orders," Jain told HT while talking on phone from New Delhi.
The petitioner had submitted a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking the court's intervention in ensuring cleanliness on roads and the court had, a year ago, asked the petitioner to approach the National Green Tribunal.
The MC had earlier assured the tribunal to keep the roads clean and carry out the work in a phased manner, but failed to do so.
Meanwhile, EO Rajeev Oberoi, when contacted, refused to comment on the order. "After getting the order, we will discuss the same with our counsel. We are working hard to ensure cleanliness in the city with the available manpower. Several challans were also issued by us to the violators. Dustbins have also been provided at different places."