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  • 18 January, 2020

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Waste treatment

Syllabus subtopic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Prelims and Mains focus: about the judgement of the NGT Bench and concerns raised on waste treatment

News: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has warned that local bodies will be liable to pay a compensation for failure in waste treatment.

Concerns raised by NGT

  • While observing that there was a huge gap in the amount of waste generated and treated, the Bench said that the current processing of waste generated and collected is also not taking place on a regular basis. For any person travelling by train, hot spots of scattered garbage and overflowing sewage are common sights.

  • Satisfactory sewage management also remains a far cry. This unsatisfactory state of affairs must be remedied at the earliest and in a time- bound manner by initiative at the highest level. Accountability needs to be fixed and consequences for failure clearly provided and enforced.

About the NGT judgement

  • The local bodies will be liable to pay a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh per month for a population of above 10 lakh if there was continued failure to treat generated waste.

  • The Bench also directed that an ‘environment monitoring cell’ has to be set in the offices of Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories.

  • The financial burden may be shared with the State governments in case the local bodies are unable to bear cost for remedial action.

  • Apart from compensation, adverse entries must be made in annual confidential reports of CEO of the said local bodies and other senior functionaries in department of urban development, etc. who are responsible for compliance of orders of the Tribunal.

  • The Chief Secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh were also directed to be present before the Tribunal on August 24.

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Source: The Hindu

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