NGT orders 85 builders to deposit 10% property value for dumping sewage in open
Bhopal: National Green
Tribunal (NGT) has directed 85 errant builders and developers to cough up 10
per cent of their developed property value as solvent security for flouting
environmental norms. According to report, more than 90 per cent housing
projects in the city were dumping their sewage into the open without any
Joint survey report
filed by Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and MP Pollution Control Board
(MPPCB) filed before NGT on July 24 stated that barely eight out of 93 housing
projects have functional sewage treatment plants (STPs) whose treated water is
used for gardens etc. In eight projects, STPs were installed but non-functional
while in 12 projects, STPs were under construction. In remaining 65 projects,
work of installation of STP has not even started, the report stated.
Thereafter, NGT central
zone bench comprising judicial member Justice Dalip Singh and expert member
Bikram Singh Sajwan ordered BMC to issue notices to all projects where the STP
was either non-functional or not installed.
Besides, they were
asked to submit solvent security of 10% of developed property value before
regional office (RO) MPPCB, by way of security to ensure setting up of required
STP by each of these projects. The errant projects would also submit blue print
indicating the location of the STP and the manner of its functioning which
would include utilisation of treated water and dual plumbing.
“They will also submit
the time within which each of the projects intends to carry out the aforesaid
task of setting up STP and making them functional. This entire exercise is to
be completed within 45 days from today,” NGT bench ordered.
Earlier, while hearing
a petition filed by Fortune Glory Extension Welfare Association, CREDAI had
informed NGT that norms and laws with regard to development of real estate
projects were being followed and requirement under MP Town and Country Planning
Act 1973, MP Land Development Regulations 2012 and provisions of environmental
laws were complied with.
CREDAI had previously
informed that their members have started setting up sewage treatment plants
(STPs) and using grey water for gardening and watering the plants in greenbelts
in developed areas thereby reducing consumption of fresh water by roughly 30%.
Grey water was also being used for flushing in toilets etc.
Thereafter, NGT had
ordered BMC and MPPCB to conduct a joint survey of all such building projects,
report for which was submitted on July 24.