“By way of last opportunity, we grant one week time for the said purpose. We make it clear that if requisite status report and projected statement is not filed within this week, we will be compelled to impose a cost of ₹50,000 on each of the concerned respondents, including the State of UP,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
More time sought
During the proceedings, the counsel for UP Jal Nigam told the bench that it was in the process of collecting segregated data and required some more time. The bench, after taking note of the submissions, posted the matter for next hearing on April 5.
The NGT had asked the UP Pollution Control Board to submit details on the quantity of domestic and industrial sewage discharge in the Ganga and its tributaries such as the Kali and the Ramganga and directed it to submit a “commonly acceptable” data on the total waste.
UPPCB had told the bench that 31 towns in the State from Haridwar to Kanpur are located on the banks of the Ganga and its tributaries. While 20 towns are on the banks of the Ganga, eight are on the Ramganga and three on the banks of the Kali river, it had said.
The board had also informed the NGT that these towns generated 544 million litre per day (MLD) of sewage, of which only 176.27 MLD joins the Ganga after treatment while the remaining effluent flows directly into the river.
Fiat to Ministry
NGT had on January 15 directed Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to identify seriously polluting industries located on the banks of the Ganga and apprise it of “the quantity and quality” of discharge into the rivers.
Irked at the lackadaisical approach of officials of the two States for failing to enumerate the causes of pollution and the locations affected, NGT had asked the Ministry of Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation, through National Ganga River Basin Authority, not to release funds to the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments without its approval.
Credits The Hindu Business Line