NGT fines Ecogreen for damage to environment
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) slapped an interim fine of ₹2.5 lakh on the project proponent of Bandhwari sewage treatment plant in Gurugram for damaging the environment.
Several residents from villages near the Bandhwari landfill site had appeared before the NGT and alleged water contamination in their area. They had told the NGT that continued dumping of waste at the Bandhwari landfill site has led a stream of “dirty, black water” or leachate into the Aravalli forest, polluting the aquifers around Delhi and Gurugram.
The green panel was hearing a plea filed by environmentalist Vivek Kamboj and Amit Chaudhary, alleging that the municipal corporations of Gurugram and Faridabad were disposing of industrial waste and construction debris in the forest areas.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted that there was no substantial compliance by the project proponent in managing the waste and said that a mere statement that compliance would be ensured in the future was not enough.
“Ecogreen Energy Gurgaon Faridabad Pvt Ltd is directed to pay interim compensation of ₹2.5 lakh for damage to the environment under Section 15(2) of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010. The amount may be deposited with the state pollution control board. The above amount may have to be increased if any violation continues. We direct the Central Pollution Control Board and state pollution control board to conduct an inspection within four weeks,” the bench said.
The tribunal posted the matter for consideration of compliance affidavit and the report of CPCB and state pollution board on February 6 next year.
Ankit Aggarwal ,CEO, Ecogreen Energy, said, “Ecogreen is committed towards keeping the city clean and environment healthy. We started developing a green belt in the area by planting trees, but due to climatic conditions, most of the trees could not grow. As we see improvement in the situation now, we ensure the development of a green belt as per the norms towards protecting the environment. We shall follow the guidelines of the NGT.”
(With PTI inputs)