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  1. NGT seeks UP govt’s figure of industries on Ganga banks

NGT seeks UP govt’s figure of industries on Ganga banks

The National Green Tribunal today asked the Uttar Pradesh government to inform it about number of industries operating on the banks of Ganga from Haridwar to Unnao and total sewage generated from these units.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 8, 2017 10:44 PM
The top law officer of the state assured the bench that he would sort out the issue and would bring before it the figure of industries as well as total sewage generated from these units. The top law officer of the state assured the bench that he would sort out the issue and would bring before it the figure of industries as well as total sewage generated from these units.

The National Green Tribunal today asked the Uttar Pradesh government to inform it about number of industries operating on the banks of Ganga from Haridwar to Unnao and total sewage generated from these units. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar asked the advocate general of UP to apprise it of the exact figure of industries as different government agencies were giving varying numbers having huge difference.

The top law officer of the state assured the bench that he would sort out the issue and would bring before it the figure of industries as well as total sewage generated from these units.

The absence of the director of industries of UP, who was asked to appear today and give details, in the hearing irked the bench which remarked, “We are highly displeased the way your officers are behaving. They are highly irresponsible. When we had specifically asked him to be present in the court today, why has he not come?”

It also sought to know as to which officer could give it the figure of working industries in UP and their nature.

During the hearing, the executive director of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) told the bench that there were 400 industrial units in Kanpur’s Jajmau, an industrial suburb, and said the figure has been verified by a joint committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB).

He said the industrial units have to follow zero liquid discharge and end-pipe solution and in the last six years, this technology has been evolved.

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The bench has been repeatedly wanting to find out the exact number of industries operating in segment B which covers the areas from Haridwar to Unnao as there is “huge difference” in the data provided by separate government agencies.

While UPPCB had yesterday informed the tribunal that there are 6,385 industries, out of which 1,072 are “seriously polluting”, CPCB gave an old figure of only 700 industries along the stretch.

Advocate M C Mehta, who has filed a petition for cleaning of the river, had countered the claims of these agencies and said there are 1.47 lakh industrial units on this stretch.

The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river into five segments — Gomukh to Haridwar, Haridwar to Unnao (segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to the border of Uttar Pradesh, UP border to the border of Jharkhand and from there to the Bay of Bengal.

The Centre has allotted over Rs 2,000 crore under the Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Namami Gange’ project for the purpose of cleaning the river.

On October 19 last year, the NGT had constituted a joint inspection team comprising then member secretary of CPCB, the chief engineer of the UP Jal Nigam, a senior environmental officer from UPPCB and a representative from NMCG to collect information on the quantum and quality of waste being released into the river.

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