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Ganga Clean Up: National Green Tribunal Gives Warning To Meerut Distilleries Over Discharge Of Effluents

The National Green Tribunal has directed a joint inspection against two beer brand companies and has asked them to comply with environmental norms, failure in doing so will result in strict action

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Highlights
  • NGT asks Meerut distilleries not to discharge effluents in drains joining r
  • In the event of default they can be closed down
  • NGT ordered "removal, transport and disposal" of the waste from the drain

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked distilleries in Meerut not to discharge effluents in nearby drains joining river Kali East and strictly comply with environmental norms. Kali East originates from Antwada village in Muzaffarnagar district and flows through eight districts of Uttar Pradesh before its confluence with River Ganga near Kannauj.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed beer brand Sabmiller India and United Spirits Ltd to adhere to recommendations made by a joint inspection team and warned them that failure to do so would result in their closure.

“There are two industries in the catchment area of Abu nallah (drain) – Sabmiller India and United Spirits Ltd. Both these industries have been subjected to joint inspection and recommendations have been made.

These industries will comply with the recommendations of the joint inspection team within three weeks…In the event of default they shall be liable to be closed down. The joint inspection team shall further be entitled to issue directions for compliance under the orders of the tribunal to these industries, the bench, also comprising Justice Jawad Rahim, said.

The NGT also directed the Environment Ministry and Central Pollution Control Board to ensure that industries located in the entire Ganga basin use non-cyanide zinc for electroplating industries so that they do not release pollutants in the river.

The green panel ordered immediate “removal, transport and disposal” of the waste in Abu Nala-1 drain in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

Direction is also issued to the Meerut Development Authority to recycle this water of these sewage treatment plants for horticulture or allied purposes and reduce the extraction of ground water, the bench said.

The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river in different segments — Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (termed as segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal.

Also Read: National Mission for Clean Ganga Approves Sewage Treatment Infrastructure Projects To Curb Water Pollution

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