Vrindavan, April 30th 2015: Concerned with the degrading environmental condition of Vrindavan, the Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance, through its convener Madhumangal Shukla knocked the door of the National Green Tribunal.
Shri Shukla approached the National Green Tribunal on Thursday against illegal and un-regulated disposal of the municipal solid waste in the city. The petitonn focused on getting the garbage stations allotted in the Vrindavan municipal area and reclaim the landfill site which was transferred to another government department.
He stated in his petition that the entire environment has been vitiated due to the open flouting of the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling rule), 2000, as a result the garbage is disposed carelessly in drains and on the banks of the river Yamuna leading to clogging and stagnation of river water . Yamuna in Vrindavan especially in Tatiasthan, Shringarvat, Ranapat Ghat are being constantly polluted by dumping and disposing the huge amounts of municipal solid waste into the river.
Shukla alleged that the situation in Vrindavan with a heritage of 5000 temples and visitors from across is deteriorating further due to the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities. The petition claimed that the only landfill site in the city has been sold to Mathura Mandi Samiti for setting up of a wholesale market. He further stated that the land was transferred to the Mandi Samiti to benefit the handful people, overlooking the hygienic need of the residents of Vrindavan and the hundreds of thousands of visitors. This has led to reckless accumulation of garbage on the streets.”
The petition has requested the court to Direct the Municipal Council along with the District magistrate and the Divisional Commissioner to submit a status report of their compliance to the provisions of the Municipal Solid wastes (Management and Handling), Rules, 2000.
The green bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Environment Ministry, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and others. They have been asked to reply by May 25.
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