News Desk, Tech for FTCP, New Delhi
Updated Thu, 20 Aug 2020 03:48 AM IST
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The top green panel has given these stations the next 3 months from Wednesday to apply. Also, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been ordered to dispose them within three months after the application.
The NGT also noted that out of 720 main railway stations in the country, only 11 have applied for 'consent' under the Water Act and Air Act and only 3 stations have applied for 'authority' under the Environmental Protection Act.
The bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was hearing the pleas of lawyers Saloni Singh and Aarusha Pathania. The bench said that CPCB, State Pollution Control Board and other statutory authorities will be free to take drastic measures under the law if the law is followed.
The bench said, the railway board may also have its own monitoring mechanism at various levels. It also includes headquarters to gather information on the status of compliance with environmental regulations.
The bench has also directed the State Pollution Control Boards to put in place a mechanism to bring solid waste and plastic waste from railway bogies to the last station and dispose of the waste collected at that station after processing.
The bench also said that excrement of excrement will not be done at the station. The bench directed the bio-toilets to be emptied thoroughly and the sewage delivered to STP.
He also ordered to ensure the use of reclaimed water everywhere except drinking water facilities. The bench has ordered a time-bound plan for this under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The bench had said that stations come under environmental law
Earlier, the NGT bench had said that it is necessary to obtain various types of environmental permission at railway stations across the country, as there are various polluting activities. The bench had said that there is no dispute that the Environmental Protection Act-1986 also applies to main railway stations.