2017.01.30 (VT): The Vrindavan municipality didn’t get any relief from the Supreme Court, concerning the Environment Compensation fine imposed upon it by the National Green Tribunal.
The Apex Court has instead asked the government’s counsel to deposit the compensation amount in the registry of the Supreme Court. The court has also asked the counsel to submit a status report within two weeks’ time.
The appeal was heard on 30th January, 2017, before the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Prafulla C. Pant.
The Vrindavan Municipality had approached the Supreme Court of India by filing an appeal with the Apex court against the order of the National Green Tribunal, which had imposed an environment compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs each upon the district administration, as well as the Vrindavan municipality.
Apart from these two agencies, the Green Court had imposed a compensation of one lakh rupees on the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board and Rs. 50,000 on the Sate Government of Uttar Pradesh.
In its judgment, the National Green Tribunal said, “There shall be a total prohibition on the dumping and/or burning of municipal solid waste in any street, at any place near water bodies, the market or residential areas. The waste shall be collected by the local authorities on a daily basis and dumped at the predetermined site strictly in accordance with Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000.”
It was when no effective steps were taken by the municipality in compliance with its order, that the NGT imposed an environmental compensation fine on the municipality and other government bodies.
Talking to VT, the petitioner Madhumangal Shukla said, “I have full trust in our judiciary. It has always provided a safeguard to environmental concerns. I trust that honorable Supreme Court will pass such an order that the Municipality will be compelled to maintain the cleanliness of the Holy Dham, which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.”
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