The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday asked Hindu College to “place on record as to how it is operating its boys hostel and where discharged sewage or other domestic waste is being dumped”.
Earlier, the NGT had suspended the environmental clearance granted for the expansion of Hindu College at University Enclave by the Environment Impact Assessment Authority and construction of a building complex for Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business in Sector-16, Rohini.
The tribunal was hearing an application filed by Mahendra Pandey regarding the environmental clearances that were accorded for construction work at the Najafgarh Drain Basin — which was categorised as a critically polluted industrial area, with a Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) score of over 70. The matter is now listed for hearing on August 26.
Hindu College officials said the expansion of the college pertains to construction of a new girls hostel and an academic block. “We haven’t yet received any official communication from the NGT. But the environmental clearances regarding construction work that have been suspended pertains to the new academic block and girls hostel. The clearance was granted to us in April by the SEIAA. We had presented our proposal — enlisting our plans to minimise environmental impact — to them in December last year,” Dr Pradumn Kumar, officiating principal, Hindu College, said.
In its order on February 5, the tribunal had said, “The Ministry of Environment and Forests and SEIAA shall not grant any final environmental clearance for the project located at Najafgarh drain basin.” On June 4, the tribunal had noted that the clearances granted to the expansion of Hindu College and the construction of a building complex for Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business in Rohini clearly violated its February 5 order.