NGT di­rects UP govt to stop sewage flow­ing into Dadri wet­land

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Vinod Ra­jput vinod.ra­jput@htlive.com

The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal on Thurs­day di­rected the Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment to en­sure that no sewage should be al­lowed into the Greater Noida’s Dadri wet­land.

Bil Ak­barpur, Datawali and Dadri wet­land is home to a va­ri­ety of wildlife such as Black­bucks, Blue Bulls, Chinkara, Sarus (state bird of UP), Bluethroat and wa­ter­fowls such as Malard, Pin­tale, Shov­el­ers, Gar­ganey and Pochards. Two pe­ti­tion­ers, Vikrant Ton­gad and Akash Vashishtha, had filed a pe­ti­tion in NGT in Au­gust 2013 de­mand­ing pro­tec­tion to the wet­land. The pe­ti­tion­ers had al­leged that nat­u­ral wet­land was be­ing sold to builders il­le­gally.

In its or­der de­liv­ered on Tues­day and pub­lished on­line on Thurs­day, the NGT said that the state gov­ern­ment should en­sure that waste wa­ter be di­verted into the sew­er­age net­work or trapped by con­struct­ing in­di­vid­ual sep­tic tanks by the house­holds, the town­ship and the nearby uni­ver­sity, as the case may be.

“This shall be en­forced in con­sul­ta­tion with the Ut­tar Pradesh Jal Nigam. Both Hi- Tech Town­ship and Shiv Nadar Uni­ver­sity will give an un­der­tak­ing to this ef­fect. With these di­rec­tions, we dis­pose of the ap­pli­ca­tion with no or­der as to costs,” said the or­der de­liv­ered by Jus­tice Jawad Rahim and Ran­jan Chat­ter­jee, expert mem­ber at NGT.

NGT re­fused to can­cel the li­cences of re­alty firm Ansal Hi-Tech and Shiv Nadar Uni­ver­sity, as de­manded by the pe­ti­tioner.

“In the present case, we find that the wet­land, as stated by the ap­pli­cants, is cer­tainly not de­clared as a wet­land as per the rules by the min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment and for­est and cli­mate change. The UP gov­ern­ment had ac­quired this land in 2006-07, and al­lo­cated the same through Ut­tar Pradesh In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion for con­struc­tion of the Hi-Tech Town­ship and Shiv Nadar Uni­ver­sity,”

NGT said.

“There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to seek with­drawal of the en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances granted to these en­ti­ties. Un­der these cir­cum­stances, we di­rect that the area which is low ly­ing, should be pro­tected by state,” the green tri­bunal said.

“The state gov­ern­ment of UP should also give an un­der­tak­ing for preser­va­tion of the habi­tat of the aquatic flora and fauna. It should be strictly en­sured that no en­croach­ment takes place. Both these in­sti­tu­tions need to be sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pre­serv­ing the low ly­ing area in per­pe­tu­ity, while run­ning their in­sti­tu­tions, so that the avian habi­tat is pre­served for good,” the green court said in its or­der

The pe­ti­tion­ers, how­ever, said the NGT should de­clare the wet­land as a pro­tected area and can­cel clear­ances.

“We had de­manded that NGT should de­clare the wet­land as pro­tected and can­cel­la­tion of the li­cence to builder and the uni­ver­sity be­cause two have de­stroyed the wildlife. We will talk to our lawyer and plan our course of ac­tion,” said Ton­gad. the

HT FILE PHOTO

The Greater Noida’s Dadri Wet­land is home to a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals, birds and fauna. It is home to Black­buck, Chinkaras and birds such as Sarus and Bluethroat.

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