The application urged the NGT to direct the Haryana government authorities to not permit cutting down of any more trees and to carry out compulsory afforestation in the said areas.
The NGT had directed the Delhi and Haryana governments to identify and address the sources of pollution in river Yamuna.
The tribunal’s direction came on a plea filed by Mathura-based organisation Shree Mathur Chaturved Parishad seeking a stay on the two-day event on the grounds that construction on the riverbed was being carried out in contravention to the Ministry of Water Resources 2016 notification
“UP Pollution Control Board shall inspect the said premises within one week and in event there being no STP of the specific capacity been found installed at the Haj House, it shall be sealed,” the NGT said.
The directions come a day after the Delhi Jal Board — which supplies water to the city — approached the tribunal demanding that Haryana be asked to take urgent steps to check the “dangerous levels of ammonia” in the river.
In the petition, the DJB said the water released by Haryana had “dangerous levels of ammonia”, making it so polluted that it could not be treated for drinking.
A bench headed by acting Chairperson Justice U D Salvi granted the relief to the applicant after it assured the tribunal that it does not possess vehicles which were more than 10 years old.
Hearing the EIL, NGT’s West Zone Bench of Justice Jawad Rahim on Monday took serious cognizance of the breach of Solid Waste Management Rules 2016.
The order came after the oil companies told the tribunal that they do not possess any diesel vehicle which are more than 10 years old for transporting petroleum products
“The way corruption, poverty, unemployment and the real issues are being swept under the carpet and ghar wapasi, love jihad and cows are being given space, we stand against that,” Jignesh Mevani said.
“The counsel appearing for the Delhi government submits that there shall be no tree cutting in the said area without the permission granted by the tree officer, South Division, Tughlakabad, New Delhi,” the bench said
Conceived as the country’s largest hydel project, Subansiri lower dam construction began in 2005 and over Rs 6,000 crore was already spent by NHPC Ltd before work was suspended due to local opposition in 2011.
The directions came during the hearing a plea which had approached the green panel against the pollution caused in the Yamuna due to slaughtering of the cattle.
In the affidavit, the MSRDCL had listed a total of 188 trees, which would be affected at the time of road widening of NH-4, a 4-km stretch between Dehu Road and Nigdi.
NGT’s functioning has been affected by vacancies. With Justice Kumar’s retirement, the green court will be left with less than one-third of its sanctioned strength of 20 officials.