NGT seeks pollution report as Kaushambi residents move contempt plea

GHAZIABAD: The National Green Tribunal on Monday, while hearing a contempt petition filed by Kaushambi Apartments Residents Welfare Association (KARWA) over the authorities’ failure to check pollution, has directed the divisional commissioner to convene a meeting of officials on September 24. has directed commissioner Anita Meshram to ensure that the steps suggested by it in past hearings to mitigate pollution in the township are adhered to and file a status .
There were three separate cases pertaining to air, noise and water pollution in Kaushambi which KARWA had filed in past three years and NGT from time to time had directed departments and agencies to adhere to measures suggested.

According to KARWA president, the GDA, GMC, UPPCB and UPSRTC failed to implement the measures suggested. “The presence of Anand Vihar Bus Terminal and Kaushambi bus depot in the vicinity of the township are sources of air and noise pollution. The tribunal in May 2016 had suggested a number of measures for GDA, GMC and pollution board to implement in a time-bound manner but barring few they did nothing,” said Vinay Mittal, president, KARWA.

“So we filed a contempt plea in the court and since it was the district magistrate who failed to implement the court’s order, the NGT on Monday asked the divisional commissioner to look into the matter,” said Mittal. Some measures suggested were like constructing noise barrier, removing encroachments, mechanism for effective disposal of solid waste and converting diesel buses into CNG.

NGT in its order had directed GDA and representatives from administration, municipal commissioner, regional manager, UP Roadways and UPPCB to attend the meeting that is to be convened by commissioner Anita Meshram.

Meanwhile, a GMC official said they have not received the copy of NGT’s order yet but added that short-term measures suggested by the tribunal have been more or less followed.
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