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NGT directs Telangana govt to pay 3,800 cr for improper waste management

Pandemic-hit companies will be unable to absorb the additional shock of NGT’s compliance burden, said experts.ht (MINT_PRINT)Premium
Pandemic-hit companies will be unable to absorb the additional shock of NGT’s compliance burden, said experts.ht (MINT_PRINT)

The bench said that the total compensation to be paid by Telangana for the gap in the treatment of liquid waste or sewage is 3,648 cr, while the compensation for the state's failure to scientifically manage solid waste is 177 cr

 National Green Tribunal on Saturday has imposed a penalty of 3,800 crore on the Telangana government for improper waste management.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel said gaps exist in the management of solid and liquid waste in Telangana.

The bench comprising Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi and expert members A Senthil Vel and Afroz Ahmad, said the liability of the state for past violations had to be quantified on the "polluter pays" principle, to be utilised for the restoration of the environment.

Providing clean air, water, hygiene and environment have to be the top priorities for good governance, the bench said, adding that the state could not avoid its constitutional responsibility of providing a pollution-free environment.

The bench said that the total  compensation to be paid by Telangana for the gap in the treatment of liquid waste or sewage is 3,648 crore, while the compensation for the state's failure to scientifically manage solid waste is 177 crore.

"The total compensation comes to 3,825 crore or, say, 3,800 crore, which may be deposited by the state of Telangana in a separate ring-fenced account within two months, to be operated as per the directions of the chief secretary and utilised for restoration measures," the bench said.

Further, it said the restoration of sewage management would include setting up sewage treatment and utilisation systems, upgrading systems or operations of the existing sewage treatment facilities to ensure the utilisation of their full capacities, ensuring compliance with standards, including those of faecal coliform and setting up a proper faecal sewage and sludge management mechanism in rural areas.

For solid waste management, the execution plan would include setting up the required waste processing plants and remediation of the left-out sites, the bench said.

The restoration plans requires to be immediately implemented across the state in a time-bound manner and if the violations continued, the liability to pay additional compensation would be considered, the green panel added.

The NGT said compliance would be the chief secretary's responsibility and directed him to file progress reports every six months.

The NGT is monitoring compliance with the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and other environmental aspects by the states and Union territories. 

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