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Remedial measures to be implemented to control Ganga pollution post Kumbh: NGT
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on April 22 said there was an urgent need for restoration work for treatment of sewage water stored in pools, remediation work for drains and solid waste processing post Kumbh Mela.
The report received from Justice Arun Tandon, chairman of the supervisory committee, states that a large number of toilets have been constructed in various camps on the Arail side very close to river Ganga.
Sewage received at the Rajapur sewage treatment plant (STP) was in excess of installed capacity. Only 50 per cent of Rajapur drain was being treated through Geo tube, and remaining 50 per cent was being permitted to enter river Ganga without treatment.
Along with the Justice Arun Tandon committee report, an action taken report prepared by the principal secretary, Urban Development, was received by the NGT. The action plan for bio-remediation of drains informs that the treatments of drains have been undertaken through bio-remediation, phytoremediation and geobag technology. Like-wise the action plan for handling solid waste generated during Kumbh at Baswar solid waste processing plant called for segregating the recyclables, separate the inserts and compost the organic waste.
The Tribunal ordered that the plan be fully implemented and in shorter time in view of the approaching monsoon season. It also directed that accountability must be fixed at ground level and personal supervision of senior level officer ensured.
Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board to explain failure in treating industrial effluents
The bench of Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore of the NGT on April 22 directed the chairman, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board, and Director General of Police, Rajasthan, to be present before the Tribunal on the next date of hearing and explain the reasons for industries failing to follow norms of treating effluents and allowing it to be discharged into the Jojari river.
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