HC di­rects pol­lu­tion board to take decision

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND -

CHANDI­GARH: On a pe­ti­tion seek­ing di­rec­tions for shift­ing the garbage dump­ing site be­tween Sec­tor 23 and 25 of Panchkula and the pro­posed solid waste man­age­ment plant (SWMP) from Jhuri­wala, thep­un­ja­band­haryanahigh­court has di­rected the Haryana Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (HPCB) chair­man to take a decision on the replies to the show-cause no­tices is­sued by the board to the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion and the Haryana Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (HUDA) within a week.

The di­rec­tions came from the di­vi­sion bench headed by chief jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi dur­ing the re­sumed hear­ing of a public in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion filed by the Res­i­dents' Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­tor 26 and Vi­jay Bansal, pres­i­dent of the Shiva­lik Vikas Manch. The pe­ti­tion­ers had in­formed the court that as per the RTI in­for­ma­tion, the city's solid waste was be­ing dumped at the present site with­out per­mis­sion from the state pol­lu­tion con­trol board. They said Hu­da­had­n­ev­er­al­lot­tedthep­re­sent dump­ing site to the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned, adding that the dumped garbage was in­con­ve­nienc­ing the nearby res­i­dents due to its foul smell.

The case would now come up for hear­ing on March 13.

SUKHNA LAKE RESTORA­TION

Tak­ing up an ap­pli­ca­tion filed by the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment seek­ing di­rec­tions for con­sti­tut­ing a tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee for im­pact as­sess­ment to en­sure proper mea­sures so that Sukhna Lake is well fed with water from ap­prox­i­mately 5,000 acres of for­est area, the Pun­jab and Haryana high court has is­sued no­tice of mo­tion to Chandi­garh and Haryana. The ap­pli­ca­tion filed by the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment came up for hear­ing be­fore the di­vi­sion bench of chief jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi and jus­tice Ma­hesh Grover on Tues­day. It was sub­mit­ted since the land un­der the nalla was in­di­vid­u­ally held, it has been put to var­i­ous uses both in vil­lages Kaimbwala of Chandi­garh and Kansal of Pun­jab. The ground re­al­ity re­veals that the nalla is now non-ex­is­tent since diver­sion of Kansal nadi, . The mat­ter would now come up for hear­ing on March 12.

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