Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding operation of dairy farms in village Gharauli, Delhi, 27/05/2021

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Abhisht Kusum Gupta & Others Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 27/05/2021.

The application was filed by the dairy owners against the closure notice issued by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) against dairy farms operating in village Gharauli.

The court said that it was not possible to permit dairies to continue without compliance of environmental norms. The dairies in question have thus either to be closed or can be allowed after ensuring compliance of norms so as to ensure that there is no discharge of pollution in the water body or on land and there is scientific management of the waste. Further, the dairies can be operated only after obtaining requisite consents under the Water and the Air Acts and compliance of siting norms.

If the dairies in question are to be allowed, it cannot be at the cost of public hygiene and health and can be only after the environmental norms are duly followed, including siting norms and carrying capacity to sustain such activities without violating air and water standards. Only such numbers as may be found viable can be allowed. They have to take requisite consents under the Water and the Air Acts. The dairies operating standalone or in clusters, are required to have a waste water treatment plant or common facility to treat waste water and management of dung, the NGT order of May 27, 2021 said.