Srinagar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed state’s Pollution Control Board (PCB) to place before it the analysis reports for the “last one year or even more” of the water samples collected from Anchar lake and groundwater samples from Achan dumping site and areas surrounding it.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also directed concerned authorities to place before it the analysis report from laboratory of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) about the samples taken from Anchar Lake.
The direction by the bench also comprising of Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore (judicial member) and Dr Ajay A Deshpande (expert member) followed submissions by the authorities that the samples collected have already been provided to the laboratory of CPCB.
The bench also allowed Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation to submit action plan to handle municipal solid waste in Srinagar. The case has been posted for next hearing on February 28.
In the last hearing, the NGT had pulled up the ruling PDP-BJP government for its failure to handle the municipal solid waste, remarking 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.”
During the hearing senior officers of state government including Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner Housing and Urban Development Department, Dr Shafkat Khan (Commissioner SMC), Syed Abul Qasim (Joint Commissioner SMC) and Sameer Bharti, (Member Secretary PCB) were present before the NGT.