Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding Kondli drain pollution, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, 30/07/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Abhisht Kusum Gupta Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 30/07/2019 regarding discharge of untreated sewage in the irrigation canal near Sector 137, NOIDA at village Kondli, in violation of the provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.
A report furnished by the Noida Authority and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) stated that the Kondli drain was not connected to any river or canal before meeting in Yamuna river. Many drains are connected to Kondli drain from Delhi side before entering into Noida and the pollutant parameters in Kondli drain was above norms.
Counsel appearing for the SPCB states that since pollution is originating from Delhi, the DJB and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) are also liable to pay environmental compensation for the damage to the environment in the same way as Noida Authority and Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam, have been held to be liable by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). CPCB has been asked to consider this aspect and pass appropriate orders. Performance guarantees of Rs. 1 crore each has to be furnished by the EDMC, Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Noida Authority and the Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam to the CPCB undertaking to take remedial actions, failing which the said amount would be forfeited.