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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 treatment,

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.