Directs team of CPCB, scientists from two ministries to visit Achan, submit analysis report immediately
Srinagar: “Entirely dissatisfied” with State Pollution Control Board for “complete contradiction” in analysis of the effluents’ samples collected from Achan dumping site and its surroundings, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked it to show-cause why it shouldn’t be fined for not carrying out its orders appropriately.
“We are entirely dissatisfied with the manner in which Jammu & Kashmir Pollution Control Board had been proceeded with as it is least compliant of our orders. There is complete contradiction in terms of parameters in the report and analysis of the effluents samples collected,” said a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.
“Even the basic parameter like Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) is varying from 100 mg/l and 6 mg/l. The (J&KPCB) is free to show cause as to why we should not impose cost (fine) upon them for not carrying out the orders of the Tribunal appropriately,” said the bench also comprising Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore (judicial member) and Dr. Ajay A Deshpande (expert member) after perusing the report submitted by the J&KPCB about the water samples collected from Anchar lake and groundwater samples from Achan, the lone site for dumping municipal waste in this summer capital of the state.
The Tribunal has also direct the team of Central Pollution Control Board, Scientist from Ministry of
Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Water Resources to visit the dumping site in outskirts of Srinagar and collect samples of leachates, water bodies, ground water and disposal of effluents.
“The analysis would be done at the inlet/intake as well as outlet point as per our previous order, be complied with by this Committee immediately and report be placed before the Tribunal,” the Tribunal said. The Committee, it said, would act under the supervision of the Prof. A.R. Yousuf, ex-expert member NGT.
Meanwhile, advocate G. M. Kawoosa, appearing for State government and Srinagar Municipal Corporation submitted that he would like to place comprehensive Proposed Action Plan before the Tribunal. “We have already made clear that on (next date of hearing), we would be compelled to pass coercive order, in view of the conduct of the State of Jammu & Kashmir, State Pollution Control Board Jammu & Kashmir and Srinagar Corporation for last two years,” the Tribunal said while allowing the request by Kawoosa.
On last hearing, the NGT had pulled up the ruling PDP-BJP government for its failure to handle the municipal solid waste, observing that the landfill site at Achan was causing serious environmental, health, and groundwater pollution problems.
“We have been accommodating the government of Jammu & Kashmir now for more than a year-and-a half. They have not been able to finalize any stakeholder for establishment of a Municipal Solid Waste Plant in any of its responses and the sanitary landfill site is causing serious environmental, human health and groundwater pollution problems,” the bench had said, underlining that the government was obligated to remedy the same and that the present state of affairs “cannot be permitted to continue any longer”.