The National Green Tribunal (NGT) formed a panel to look over over 1700 hotels, lodges and home stay accommodations in the pleasing Kullu and Manali towns of Himachal Pradesh.
The NGT directed the panel to conduct joint inspection and give in a comprehensive report relating to management of solid waste, source of water, source of power, sewage treatment plant, and production of effluents.
A bench chaired by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar formed the panel involving Himachal state pollution control board, senior officers from state tourism department, scientists from the Shimla-based Institute of Himalayan Studies, the SDM of Kullu and Manali and a representative from excise department.
Duties of Committee
The committee shall begin scrutiny in coming next week and check all the hotels, lodges and home stay accommodations.
However they will proceed first with such hotels which have more than 25 rooms under any category.
If any first category hotel, lodge, accommodation found operating without permission from state pollution control board (SPCB) or found to be situated in forest area, they shall be directed to shut down forthwith and deregistered by all the authorities.
The committee will submit the report to the Himachal Pradesh government along with the suggestions for safeguarding of environment and make sure that the area is not exposed to natural disasters like earthquakes.
The National Green Tribunal has been established on 18.10.2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010 for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It is a specialized body equipped with the necessary expertise to handle environmental disputes involving multi-disciplinary issues.