A day after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a fine of Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 10,000 on Delhi-based JITF urban waste management company and sub-divisional officer (SD), MCB, Sandeep Gupta, respectively, labourers on Wednesday started digging pits and water tankers were rushed to the spot to initiate the plantation drive at the site proposed for the setting up of a solid waste treatment plant.
The tribunal had expressed doubts over the intentions of the MCB and observed, “We have doubts over the corporation’s basic bona fides to carry on this project.”
The tribunal directed the MCB to complete the plantation around the site within a week, failing which a fine of Rs. 1 lakh will be imposed on two corporation officials Sandeep Gupta and AK Kansal and the private firm engaged in setting up of the plant.
MCB officials, including commissioner Dalwinderjit Singh, who visited the spot, said that about 540 saplings planted earlier are alive and more than 1,500 will be planted within the stipulated time period. The saplings will be planted within the 15-metre radius of the 20 acres of the site proposed for the plant.
“The corporation has engaged officials of the forest department to get an expert advice on the type of plants to be planted and the mechanism to be adopted for the same,” said the commissioner.
The MCB officials, during a hearing before the tribunal on July 9, had falsely informed the tribunal that a green belt has been developed around the site.
The tribunal had asked both parties to come up with proof to show that whether the green belt has actually been developed or not. After seeing the photographs, the tribunal had scolded the MCB officials and the private firm for providing misleading information to the court and and imposed fine.