This Article is From Aug 12, 2015

NGT Directs Joint Inspection of 13 Common Effluent Treatment Plants in Delhi

NGT Directs Joint Inspection of 13 Common Effluent Treatment Plants in Delhi
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal today directed Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and IIT-Delhi to conduct a joint inspection of 13 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) which are located in various industrial clusters in the national capital.

A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the inspection team to submit a detailed report on quantum and quality of the effluents at inlet and outlet of CETPs.

The Tribunal also asked the team to inform it whether CETPs are operating to its optimum capacity or not and the status of the trade effluent which is being released by the industries operating in a particular industrial cluster.

"The Committee shall submit its recommendation for improving, upgrading or any other requisite information for better and efficient performance of these CETPs to ensure the release of effluents well within the prescribed standards."

"In relation to the 11 industrial clusters which are not connected to any CETP and are directly connected to one STP or the other, complete and comprehensive report be submitted by Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), DPCC, Department of industries and CPCB," the bench said.

The green panel also convened a chamber meeting on August 17, 2015 involving the Chief Secretaries, concerned Secretaries, the Commissioners of the Corporations, Delhi Jal Board, DSIIDC and a Haryana official for better implementation of its orders.

Irked by the blame-game by various departments within the state, the Tribunal had imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the Delhi government for not following its orders on implementation of "Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017".

Cracking the whip on those polluting the Yamuna, the Tribunal had passed a slew of directions including a fine of Rs 5,000 on individuals spotted throwing waste or religious items in the river as it unveiled a plan for its restoration.

It had also announced a fine of Rs 50,000 on anyone caught dumping construction material or religious offerings in the river