The National Green Tribunal announced on 3 May 2017 that anyone found dumping electronic waste (e-waste) in the banks of Ramganga River in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh can be fined a sum of Rs one lakh as environment compensation.
It was taken by way of a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar. Explaining the move, the bench stated that it absolutely was delivered to their discover that huge number of hazardous e-waste generated from various industries in powder form had been disposed on your banker on the river as well as same was duly verified by way of a joint inspection conducted by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The bench further added the fact that hazardous waste is highly polluted and has heavy metal music, that could be injurious to both human health and environment.
• The bench constituted a committee comprising representatives of departments concerned for that immediate avoidance of waste lying in the river's bank and sought an end report about the same within two weeks.
• The committee would come with member secretary of Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) or his nominee, district magistrate of Moradabad, the representative from UP government, Moradabad Nagar Nigam and Deputy Superintendent of Police on the concerned area.
• In line with the new ruling, all industries found illegally dumping e-waste in the river's bank will be enabled to pay environment compensation of Rs one lakh per incident.
• The compensation would, however, change from Rs 50000 to Rs one lakh more than the amount of waste dumped.
• The sub-divisional magistrate on the area will cause recovering money from defaulters.
An order was passed during the hearing of in a situation relating to cleaning of river Ganga as soon as Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board sought direction from the tribunal on proper disposal of e-waste.
Ramganga, which spans a length of 596 km, can be a tributary of river Ganga. However, the bench noted the fact that river is highly polluted the way it posesses a Biochemical oxygen demand load of 128 tonnes every day and has heavy discharge from various industries just like paper, sugar, textile, dying and distillery.