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NGT’s Rs 200 cr compensation order includes directives to military & Central Govt. agencies

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DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 27: Even as the National Green Tribunal’s verdict to levy compensation of Rs 200 crore on Nagaland Government for failing to scientifically manage liquid and solid waste in the State has rightly absorbed a major chunk of attention, the order also came loaded with directives to the military and Central Government agencies.
In the November 24 order, the Tribunal noted that there are number of armed forces establishments as well as cantonment areas in Nagaland.
“Administration of such areas, including waste management, is handled by the armed forces themselves under the Defence Ministry. In the light of above, Secretary, Ministry of Defence, GoI, in coordination with DG, MES, DG, Defence Estates and other concerned authorities may ensure that necessary measures are taken for waste management by adequate monitoring in the interest of environment and public health. They may also coordinate with ULBs concerned”, the order stated.
Also, the NGT stated that in view of “continuing huge gap in solid and liquid waste generation and treatment”, it is high time for the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MoUD) and National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) ~ who have programmes like Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM-Urban 2.0) 13, AMRUT 2.014, Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) 15 and River Cleaning ~ to appropriately monitor compliance of waste management norms by the States/UTs and take remedial action on their part.
“Central funding and State budgetary provisions need to be adequately allocated and apportioned keeping in view of environment compensation which is based on the restoration work estimate. While granting/disbursing funds to States/UTs, execution mechanism for centralised tendering at the State level to overcome delays at each city/town level may be considered”, it suggested.
The Tribunal stated that the Union Ministry of f Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Central Pollution Control Board may continue monitoring as per MSW Rules and the Water Act.
“MoUD and NMCG may also note the gaps reported by the States and UTs in solid and liquid waste management. MoUD may further consider to render proper financial and technical support to States and UTs.
“In view of unique problems of States like Nagaland and perhaps other hill States (North East, J&K, HP and Uttarakhand) in management of sewage and solid waste, MoUD, NMCG, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation and CPCB need to provide safe methods for sewage and solid waste management suiting the climatic and topographical conditions. This involves reaffirmation of sewage management through septic tanks/soak pits and FSTPs in urban and rural hilly areas and carrying out processing of wet solid (degradable) waste by appropriate means including remediation of legacy waste. MoUD needs to coordinate this activity for which the State may also take initiative”, it stated.
Some other suggestions offered by the Tribunal include the need to consider change in approach for administrative processes, adhering to specific timelines, and community involvement.
(Page News Service)

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