NGT lifts stay on construction activity in Nashik

NASHIK: The Western Zone bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Pune, which had imposed a stay on construction all building until Nashik Municipal Corporation(NMC) made the compost plant completely operational and treated 100% waste, has lifted all the conditions except for environment clearance.

The decision comes as a major relief for smaller constructions but building constructions on 20,000 sq m land and more will have to comply with environmental norms. Earlier, constructions were not permitted right from the conservation area till 10 km. Now, the NGT relaxed it to 100m.

Municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna said, “The NGT has relaxed all the conditions except for environment clearance, which is required for constructions on 20,000 sq m and more. They will have to make composting arrangement, sewage treatment plant, have five trees, etc.”

He said the NMC had followed all the conditions for the relaxation of the rules and hence the NGT had given the decision.

The agency appointed for managing and maintaining the compost plant has begun work on it and by December-end, the municipal solid waste management (MSW) plant would be completely functional along with the refuse derived fuel (RDF) machine. Some of the new garbage collection vans have started rolling in the city and all of them will be operational by December 20.

“Now, the challenge will be segregation of waste. It is the responsibility of both the operators of the garbage vans and people at the MSW. People should actually be segregating it before handing over the garbage to the van,” said Krishna.

Builders and the NMC may be rejoicing at the decision but some environmental concerns have been raised. “From the periphery of Pandavleni and forest department’s Nehru Udyan at its foothills, no construction was allowed at 500m. Now, the distance has been relaxed to 100m from the periphery of the conservation site. For sanctuaries, no construction was permitted at 10-km periphery from the boundaries. Now, it has been brought down to 100m. How can you expect wildlife to survive in the area?” said Purvi Joshi, a teacher.

K Shanti, a biologist, said, “If constructions are permitted so close to the conservation sites, then there will be habitation. How will the wild thrive in human settlements?”

Credits ET Realty

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