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Form panel to study impact of Ulhas river’s untreated waste on environment: NGT

NGT gave the direction while hearing an execution application filed by environment group Vanashakti.

mumbai Updated: Aug 15, 2019 12:53 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
The committee will assess the impact of industrial effluents released into the Ulhas river from the Dombivli and Ambernath MIDC area and submit an inspection report by October 31.
The committee will assess the impact of industrial effluents released into the Ulhas river from the Dombivli and Ambernath MIDC area and submit an inspection report by October 31.(Rishikesh Choudhary / HT File Photo )
         

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the formation of a committee of experts to study the impact of untreated industrial waste from Ulhas river on the environment in terms of contaminating soil, water and air. The panel will be headed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the nodal agency will be Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), the NGT said.

“The committee shall jointly inspect Dombivli better environment society association; Dombivli common effluent treatment plant (CETP); and Ambernath Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation(midc) CEPT and submit a status report on the functional efficiency of CETPS and status of the recipient environment in terms of soil, water and air,” read the NGT order, passed on August 8 and published on its website on Wednesday.

NGT gave the direction while hearing an application filed by environment group Vanashakti. The group sought implementation of an earlier NGT judgment from 2015, which directed industrial associations of Dombivli and Ambernath CETPS to pay penalty of Rs 45 crore for improper effluent treatment.

The NGT bench of justice SP Wangdi, justice K Ramakrishnan and expert member Dr Nagin Nanda said the panel should comprise a senior representative of CPCB, a senior scientist from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (chemical engineering division) and a senior scientist or engineer from MPCB. The committee will assess the impact of industrial effluents released into the river from the Dombivli and Ambernath MIDC area and submit an inspection report by October 31.

“Incidents of coloured water, toxic fumes or unbearable stench are not addressed by local authorities,” said Stalin D, director, Vanashakti. CETP officials refused to comment as the matter is sub judice, while MPCB said they needed to see the order but it will be complied with.

First Published: Aug 15, 2019 00:02 IST

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