Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution of rivers Satluj and Beas in Punjab, 12/12/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of pollution of rivers Satluj and Beas in Punjab, 12/12/2019. Main sources of pollution are discharge of untreated industrial effluents by industries, discharge of untreated municipal sewage as well as solid or other waste disposal either directly in the said rivers or in the drains or the tributaries of the said rivers.
The concerned authorities in Punjab has been directed to take steps in terms of observations and recommendations of the Committee which had been set up for the purpose particularly in the matter of setting up of requisite treatment plants in the state, compliance to standards by the existing STPs and fixing responsibility on officials for non-performance of duties.
The authorities have been asked to look into the problem of inadequate inspections by officials of SPCB and slow pace with regard to new/upgradation/rehabilitation of STPs and other related matters. Likewise, local bodies in the catchment area have to ensure that solid waste is not dumped into the rivers or the drains connected to the rivers.