NGT slaps Rs 4,000cr fine on Bihar for poor waste management | India News

NGT slaps Rs 4,000cr fine on Bihar for poor waste management | India News

PATNA: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an environmental compensation or fine of Rs 4,000 crore on Bihar government for failing to scientifically manage solid and liquid waste.
The principal bench comprising NGT chairperson Justice AK Goel, in its hearing on Thursday, directed that the amount be deposited within two months in a “ring-fenced account” to be operated according to the chief secretary’s directions only for waste management in the state.
It also said the amount should be kept as “non-lapsable”, meaning it should not lapse beyond the stipulated deadline. The amount will be used for setting up solid waste processing facilities, remediation of legacy waste and setting up of sewage treatment plants (STPs) and faecal sludge and septage treatment plants, so that there remains no gap, it ordered.
Chief secretary Amir Subhani, additional chief secretary (urban development and housing) Arunish Chawla and managing director of Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Dhramendra Singh were present during the hearing.
As per the order-sheet, Bihar produces around 5,437 tonnes per day (TPD) of solid waste, out of which only around 1,365 TPD is processed, leaving a whopping gap of 4,072 TPD.
During the Thursday hearing, the NGT bench noted that there was a legacy waste of more than 11.7 lakh metric tonnes as well as unprocessed urban waste of 4,072 metric tonnes per day in Bihar and the gap in liquid waste generation and treatment was 2,193 million litres per day.
The bench hoped the state government will take further measures in the matter by innovative approach and stringent monitoring.
The NGT has been levying compensations on various states for failure in scientifically managing solid and liquid waste. On September 1, 2022, it NGT imposed compensation of Rs3,500 crore on the West Bengal government on the same issue.

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