New Delhi: The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal has slapped fines on Uttar Pradesh authorities and its companies for not submitting their responses on a plea of an NGO alleging that large-scale burning of municipal stable waste in Agra was turning the Taj Mahal yellow.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed the state authorities for not submitting their replies and slapped a tremendous of Rs 20,000 every on UP authorities, its ministry of city growth and planning, Agra Nagar Nigm and the District Justice of the Peace to be paid to Central Air pollution Management Board (CPCB).
"No reply has been filed on behalf of those respondents. Final alternative is granted to file the reply. Let reply be filed inside two weeks topic to cost of Rs 20,000 every as price to CPCB," the bench mentioned.
The inexperienced panel additionally issued notices to the Nagar Palika Parishads of Bah, Fatehpur Sikri, Achchnera, Shamsabad, Etmadpur, Fatehabad and Pinahat localities within the neighborhood.
Apart from Nagar Palika Parishads, it additionally issued notices to Nagar Panchayats of Jagner, Dayalbagh, Kheragarh, Swamibagh and Kirawali areas.
The order got here on a plea filed by NGO Social Motion for Forest and Atmosphere (SAFE), which claimed a joint examine by IIT-Kanpur, Georgia Institute of Know-how and College of Wisconsin had revealed that "brown and black carbons together with mud" have been chargeable for giving a yellow tinge to the 17th century white marble monument.
"Subsequent to the report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Atmosphere handed a number of instructions to the Agra administration to curb air pollution within the metropolis. Based on a examine carried out by Ajay Nagpure, the burning of municipal stable waste (MSW) releases a excessive quantity of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), which is chargeable for damaging the aesthetics of a culturally necessary monument just like the Taj Mahal," the plea mentioned.
It mentioned one of many main threats to the Taj Mahal was the excessive degree of particulate matter (PM) which was being launched into air resulting from massive scale burning of MSW within the metropolis.
The plea contends that civic our bodies in Agra have been blatantly violating Stable Waste Administration Guidelines as greater than 2000 metric tonnes of stable waste per day was being dumped in varied a part of town moreover plastic waste which was being consumed by stray animals.