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

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
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Water Pollution Severely Affects Health Of Citizens, Says National Green TribunalA bench headed by National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said it is high time that the authorities at all levels accord high priority to the matter of water pollution
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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13,02,83,678Recovered
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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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