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Water Pollution Severely Affects Health Of Citizens, Says National Green Tribunal

National Green Tribunal has said that authorities should come out with a comprehensive plan covering the entire state of Haryana to ensure bridging of gap between the waste generation and waste treatment

Water Pollution Severely Affects Health Of Citizens, Says National Green Tribunal
Highlights
  • Water pollution affects the food chain and water availability: NGT
  • NGT asked officials to take measures against discharge of industry waste
  • Make discharge of pollution in water sources punishable offence: NGT

New Delhi: Noting that water pollution is severely affecting the health of citizens, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Haryana Chief Secretary to “take remedial measures” against the discharge of industrial effluents at Hamidi village in Yamunanagar district. Clean environment is part of fundamental rights and inalienable Constitutional obligation of the State, and the law of the land makes discharge of pollution in water sources punishable criminal offence, the NGT said.

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A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said it is high time that the authorities at all levels, particularly that of the Chief Secretary, accord high priority to the matter.

Accordingly, we direct the Chief Secretary, Haryana to review the situation and take remedial measures in the matter to uphold the rule of law and for protection of public health. A report of status of compliance on the subject may be furnished by the Chief Secretary, Haryana before the next by e-mail, the bench said.

The NGT said that the authorities should come out with a comprehensive plan covering the entire State to ensure bridging of gap between the waste generation and waste treatment.

It is well acknowledged that water pollution severely affects the health of the citizens, affects the food chain and water availability, apart from other consequences. Having regard to the fact that large number of deaths and diseases take place on account of water pollution, the offence of water pollution in practical terms is as serious as causing homicide or grievous hurt, the bench said.

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The NGT said that laws have been enacted to give effect to the international obligations to uphold the principle of ‘Sustainable Development’ which includes ‘Precautionary’ principle as well as ‘Polluter Pays’ principle which this Tribunal is also mandated to implement under Section 20 read with Section 15 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010.

Sources of funding have been identified Supreme Court judgment, however, in spite of all statutory framework, the public authorities unfortunately continue to fail in discharge of their constitutional and statutory duties. Under the directions of this Tribunal, different Departments have been required to be coordinated by the Chief Secretary at the State level and by the District Magistrates at the District level. There has also been National level coordination by the Ministry of Jal Shakti to share the best practices, the bench said.

The tribunal said that ways and means are available for bridging the gap of waste generation and treatment including hybrid annuity models and other models for septage management, discussed in above orders of this Tribunal.

It is a matter of regret that inspite of repeated directions, the problem remains unattended to the detriment of public health and public interest, the NGT said. The matter is posted for next hearing on October 7.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Haryana resident Chaudhary Ompal and others against discharge of untreated industrial effluents at Village Hamidi, District Yamunanagar. The drain carrying the effluent is connected to Dhanaura Escape, Village Dabkoli, Indri, which finally joins Yamuna.

The said discharge is contaminating the ground water. The foul smell is affecting the inhabitants and the public health. The chemical discharge is also affecting the cattle and the agriculture fields, the plea said.

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(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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