Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding degradation of environment in Kullu and Manali areas of Himachal Pradesh, 19/09/2018
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ramesh Chand Vs. State of Himachal Pradesh & Others dated 19/09/2018 regarding severe degradation of environment in Kullu and Manali areas of the State of Himachal Pradesh. It was alleged that the consent to various projects was freely given in the area in violation of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and encroachments of forest land was freely allowed in connivance with the concerned Authorities.
National Green Tribunal directs that the carrying capacity assessment of ecological sensitive and geologically fragile areas, particularly Manali and Mcleodganj is carried out within three months by a Special Expert Committee. The Special Expert Committee shall consider the present situation of Manali and Mcleodganj in respect of environment, ecology, forest, sewage system, water supply, collection and disposal of municipal solid waste and the carrying capacity as well as strength of the hill, besides examining adequacy of civic infrastructure especially municipal solid waste management and sewage/sewage network and management.