Maharashtra government charged with ₹12,000 cr for mishandling waste

The Maharashtra government has been ordered to pay 12,000 crores by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) as environmental compensation for poor waste management in the state, according to news agency PTI.

“Compensation under Section 15 of the NGT Act was necessary to address ongoing environmental damage caused by deficiencies in the management of solid and liquid wastes,” said a bench headed by the president, Judge Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel.

The bench also included Justice Sudhir Agarwal and expert member Senthil Vel, who issued the order in line with Supreme Court directives requiring the court to monitor the application of solid and liquid waste management standards.

He said the decision to accuse the government of Maharashtra of 12,000 crores became necessary to “repair continuing damage to the environment”.

The bench also said that the lack of quantified liability and the mere passing of orders has shown no tangible results over the past eight years for solid waste management and five years for liquid waste management, according to the PTI reports.

The continuous damage to the environment should be stopped in the future, and the past damage should be restored, they said, adding that the compensation for the shortcoming in liquid waste treatment should be around 10,840 crore, and for unremediated legacy waste at around 1,200 crore, and rounded the amount to 12,000 crores.

The state government has been instructed to deposit the compensation amount in a separate segregated account which will be managed as directed by the Chief Secretary and used for restoration measures.

According to the bench, measures to restore waste management include establishing wastewater treatment and utilization systems, upgrading systems/operations to ensure full capacity utilization, ensuring the compliance with standards, including those relating to faecal coliforms, and the establishment of appropriate management of faecal wastewater and sludge in rural areas. areas.

He also warned that the restoration plan must be executed within a specified time frame and that if violations continue, further compensation may be considered against the state.

(With PTI inputs)

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