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Delhi Air Pollution: NGT forms committee to check air quality during functions at hotels, banquets

The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Westend Green Farms Society alleging that banquets and marriage halls operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri near Indira Gandhi International Airport were causing vehicular congestion and environment pollution.

Nov 14, 2018 11:40 IST
Delhi Air Pollution: NGT forms committee to check air quality during functions at hotels, banquets

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on November 13, 2018 formed a committee to stop activities that lead to degradation of the environment, taking note of pollution and traffic congestion during functions at banquet halls, farmhouses and hotels in Delhi.

Delhi's air quality has been deteriorating rapidly and continues to be in the 'severe' category.

Joint Committee headed by the Delhi Government's Urban Development Secretary

The green panel formed a joint committee with representatives of municipal corporations, the Central Ground Water Authority, the Delhi Jal Board, the Delhi Police and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

The Committee will be headed by the Delhi Government's Urban Development Secretary. Justice SP Garg, former Delhi High Court judge, will also oversee the working of the committee. The Chief Secretary of Delhi will provide all the requisite logistic support and assistance for functioning of committee.

Terms of Reference

The tribunal has asked the committee to prepare an action plan in this regard within a month.

An action plan on sewage disposal, groundwater extraction, rainwater harvesting, municipal solid waste management, systems for groundwater recharge will be in worked upon in the first meeting.

It will have to form a plan to check air quality due to traffic congestions and noise pollution because of use of DJ sets, loudspeakers and crackers etc. in the functions.

The action plan must involve all the stakeholders, particularly students and senior citizens.

The committee will have the authority to close venues flouting norms and remove every illegal structure.

It will look into allegations of whether members of the applicant are running swimming pools by illegally drawing groundwater without valid sanctions and drawing groundwater from critical or over-exploited areas without any mechanism for groundwater harvesting and recharge.

The re-use of water, after being disinfected as per norms, can be used for swimming pools and such water may be used for flushing by installing double piping system or utilised for plantation or gardening.

It will monitor compliance of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and sewage discharge including decentralised waste processing facilities, installation of CCTV camera, GPS system in garbage collection vans. etc.

Plea filed by Westend Green Farms Society

The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Westend Green Farms Society alleging that banquets and marriage halls operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri near Indira Gandhi International Airport were causing vehicular congestion and environment pollution.

The Westend Green Farms Society, a society of 170 residential farm houses at Rajokri, is upset by violation of environmental laws by commercial establishments operating as restaurants, hotels, motels or banquets.

It further claimed that these establishments cause massive traffic congestion on account of unauthorised parking of vehicles and through huge gatherings for weddings or other functions.