NGT slams Uttarakhand govt over use of polythene bags in Haridwar

 The National Green Tribunal today came down heavily on the Uttarakhand government over non- compliance of its orders in the pilgrimage town of Haridwar including on the ban on use of polythene bags.

PTI| Updated: Aug 19, 2015, 18:06 PM IST

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal today came down heavily on the Uttarakhand government over non- compliance of its orders in the pilgrimage town of Haridwar including on the ban on use of polythene bags.

"You people have made a complete joke of the orders of the Tribunal. What are you doing in Haridwar? There is nothing fine there.

"There are plastic manufacturing units operating in the city. You are running complete markets on ghats. What is this going on?," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

Taking note of status report filed by local commissioner, the bench directed Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board to submit an affidavit stating whether consent to operate has been granted to the plastic manufacturing units in the state which is mentioned in the report.

With regard to working of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), the green panel directed the Additional District Magistrate Haridwar to file an affidavit in consultation with the Nagar Nigam giving details about the working of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).

Advocate Sharik Zaidi, the commissioner appointed by the Tribunal, had pointed in the report that STP plant was running without the consent of Pollution Control Board and effluents were directly discharged into Ganga by creating a by-pass around the plant.

"How dare you make a by-pass around the STP. Your officers made a false statement before the Tribunal. This is the worst thing you can do to the river," the bench said.

During the hearing, the Uttarakhand government told the bench that 13 million 'kanwarias' (devotees of Lord Shiva) visited Haridwar during the kanwar mela and practically it was impossible for the state to manage the affairs in the city.