Chandigarh

SEWAGE WATER POLLUTING GHAGGER: TWO DOZEN SAMPLING POINTS IDENTIFIED , SAYS JOINT COMMITTEE

September 27, 2021 08:31 PM

New Delhi (Face2News)

To check/ stop discharge of untreated/ sewage water polluting “Ghagger” total 24 sampling points, in the Chandigarh and Punjab area, have been identified submits Joint Committee.

The National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, while taking serious notice of Grievances in this application filed by applicant Ms. Sunaina which is against failure of statutory authorities in Punjab and Chandigarh to install necessary Sewage Treatment Plant, resulting in discharge of pollution in the drain originating from Chandigarh and passing through various sectors and villages of Mohali, before merging into Ghaggar River.

The pollutants are affecting the eco-system, including the aquatic life and also public health. Discharge of untreated sewage into the drain is violation of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Constitutional obligation under Article 243W and also citizen’s right to clean environment. Further, since the waste water of the drain is used for cultivation of crops and washing of the vegetables which are consumed by the residents, it is affecting the food chain and public health.

While granting the time sought, Tribunal directs the committee to ascertain the status of quantity of sewage being discharged by the UT Chandigarh and the state of Punjab and STPs identified for interception of sewage and its treatment which is also is a part of restoration of water quality of river Ghaggar. The committee may also mention the status of interim remedial measures to reduce pollution loads being followed, if any.

Earlier the matter was considered on 04.06.2021 in the light of the Judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Paryavaran Suraksha case and orders of this Tribunal from time to time and Tribunal directed the Chief Secretary, Punjab and the Advisor to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh in coordination with other concerned officers to take further appropriate remedial measures to comply with the mandate of law, including the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and this Tribunal.

A joint Committee of CPCB, Punjab PCB and UT PCC may inspect the drain and furnish a status report within two months by e-mail.” 

In pursuance of above a status report has been furnished on 20.09.2021 after site inspection. The report mentions that the work is still going on as follows Status of Compliance of the Directions of Hon’ble NGT by the Joint Committee, as on 20.09.2021:

i) The joint Committee comprising of Members of PPCB, CPCC and CPCB has been constituted and meeting held on 26.08.2021.

ii) The drains have been visited by the joint Committee on 26.08.2021, 02.09.2021 and 03.09.2021, to know the status, as directed by the Hon’ble NGT.

iii) The 24 Nos. sampling points in the drain in the Chandigarh and Punjab area related to the matter have been identified.

iv) The sampling of water/waste during on-going monsoon season has been completed and analysis reports are under evaluation by the joint Committee.” 

In its order dated 22.09.2021, the Principle Bench of National Green Tribunal headed by Hon'ble Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, issued the following directions:-

Therefore, the Committee has sought time for filing the conclusive report upto 30.10.2021.

While granting the time sought, Tribunal directs the committee to ascertain the status of quantity of sewage being discharged by the UT Chandigarh and the state of Punjab and STPs identified for interception of sewage and its treatment which is also is a part of restoration of water quality of river Ghaggar. The committee may also mention the status of interim remedial measures to reduce pollution loads being followed, if any.

 
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