Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding management of waste in village Dughneri, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, 19/04/2023
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rita Sharma & Others Vs State of Himachal Pradesh & Others dated 19/04/2023.
Grievance in the application is against violation of Air Act, 1981 and Water Act, 1974 in village Dughneri, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, on account of failure to handle waste. The waste is being burnt, causing air pollution, resulting in diseases, loss of livestock and contributing to forest fires and loss of wildlife. There is increase in population of monkeys, feral dogs and scavengers namely crows, vultures. Dump site in the hilly terrain is overflowing and contaminating water body, which is a source of irrigation stated the application filed by Rita Sharma & Others, December 9, 2022.
The matter has been considered on several occasions in the light of reports furnished by the concerned authorities.
The matter was last considered, January 16, 2023 in the light of a report filed by the Municipal Council , Hamirpur which showed that legacy waste was yet to be remediated. The court directed follow-up remedial measures to be overseen by the Secretary, Urban Development, Himachal Pradesh and file a report.
The court, April 19 expressed its displeasure with the fact neither any report has been filed nor the Secretary, Urban Development, Himachal Pradesh was present. The court granted one more opportunity for compliance and listed the matter for further consideration, July 21, 2023.