Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding Deepor Beel protection, 11/02/2020

  • 11/02/2020

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rohit Chowdhury Vs Union of India & Others dated 11/02/2020 regarding identification of sites for setting up of the Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility and the issue pertaining to protection of elephant corridor by Northern alignment of the railway track outside Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary.

The NGT directed the state of Assam to expeditiously complete the task of removing hydrophytes from the Deeport Beel and for issuing notification declaring Eco-Sensitive Zone of Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary within one month.

The tribunal also looked into the disposal of the legacy waste at Goraigaon site and the setting up of the decentralised processing plants. The court said that the work on disposal of legacy waste can commence even if the decentralised processing plants have yet not been setup as the object of the two are quite distinct. Further, Assam was directed to ensure that the land identified for the purpose of the Integrated Solid Waste Treatment Plant and the Decentralised Processing Plant are handed over to Guwahati Municipal Corporation within 1 month.