New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a fine of Rs 3,800 crore on the Telangana government for its failure to deal with solid and liquid waste.
“The total compensation amounts to Rs 3825 crore, or say (rounded up to) Rs 3800 crore, which may be deposited by the State of Telangana in a segregated segregated account within two months, to be operated as directed by the Chief Secretary and used for restoration measures,” said the recent order passed by the bench led by NGT Chairman Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel.
The green court dealt with the issue of solid and liquid waste management pursuant to orders from a 2014 Supreme Court decision.
The tribunal also ordered the government of Telangana to devise an operational mechanism whereby service providers with due diligence process can carry out works related to solids and wastewater management simultaneously across the state – all districts. , towns and villages.
Given the environmental compensation imposed for the restoration in line with the state budget and the availability of confirmed sites, there should be no difficulty in execution without delay, he added.
“The Chief Secretary may consider appointing a senior nodal officer at the rank of ACS to regularly assess progress in closing gaps in sewage and solid waste management and establish district-level status. Existing and future treatment facilities should have linkages with industries and other bulk users including agriculture/horticulture for the use of treated wastewater Legacy waste sites should be remediated and areas recovered materials used for the establishment of waste treatment plants to process day-to-day waste generation,” the order states.
In addition to future compliance, state liability must be fixed for past violations in light of previous binding orders passed under the Supreme Court, he added.
Measures to restore wastewater management would include: establishment of wastewater treatment and utilization systems, upgrading systems/operations of existing wastewater treatment facilities to ensure the use of their full capabilities, ensuring compliance with standards, including those for faecal coliforms, and establishing faecal wastewater and sludge management in rural areas, the court said.
With regard to solid waste management, the implementation plan would include the establishment of the necessary waste treatment plants and the rehabilitation of abandoned sites. Bioremediation/bio-extraction processes must be carried out in accordance with CPCB guidelines and stabilized organic waste from bio-extraction and composting plants must comply with established specifications.
In addition, the court required the Chief Secretary to file semi-annual progress reports showing verifiable developments in the matter.