Discharge in Ganga: NGT orders joint inspection into polluting industries

Concerned over effluents discharged into the Ganga and Yamuna, National Green Tribunal directed CPCB and UPPCB to conduct a joint inspection of "polluting industries" on the bank of both rivers.

PTI| Updated: Aug 06, 2014, 23:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Concerned over effluents discharged into the Ganga and the Yamuna, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to conduct a joint inspection of "seriously polluting industries" on the bank of both the rivers.

A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, directed the joint committee comprising members of both the pollution control boards to submit a report on different categories of industrial clusters and their location.

"We direct the CPCB and the UPPCB to conduct a joint inspection of all the... Seriously polluting industries which have not installed any anti-pollutant devices.
"Besides this, the joint committee shall bring in the report on the industrial clusters of different categories and their location, particularly where they are situated on the banks of the river Ganges and the river Yamuna, as the case may be," the bench said.

The bench also directed the committee to give a separate list of all the sugar and distillery units functioning on the banks of the two rivers and say whether they are discharging their effluents into the river.
The green bench asked the committee to submit, in its report, the water source of the industries and the extent of the effluent discharge.