The National Green Tribunal (NGT) fined the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Rs.5 crore for its failure to comply with the NGT’s directions to ensure bio-mining and continued cover-up by allowing dumping of solid wastes in quarry pits at Bengaluru North taluk.
The BBMP was dumping 90% of the mixed waste at an abandoned quarry at Bellahalli, a small hamlet some 25kms. North of Bengaluru, in violation of the NGT directives.
The panel granted two months time for compliance of its directions, subject to depositing environmental compensation of Rs.5 crore within one month with the Central Pollution Control Board. The NGT stated that the BBMP is open to recover the amount from the officers responsible for the failure of their duties.
The tribunal had earlier noted that abandoned quarries were being used as dumping sites in violating of the Solid Waste Municipal Rules, 2016. After a joint inspection by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Central Pollution Control Board and KSPCB officials, the tribunal found serious deficiencies in the action of BBMP with regard to the site selection, development of facilities of sanitary landfill sites, criteria for specification of landfilling, closure of landfilling after completion, water quality monitoring and landfill sites.
The BBMP is planning to appeal to the Supreme court in this regard.
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