NGT seeks status report on air pollution at Udr-Banihal NH construction sites

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 4:  Giving an interim direction, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the J&K State Pollution Control Board and the State Department of Environment to submit a Joint Status Report as to the analysis of the ambient air pollution in the entire construction stretch of the National Highway from Udhampur to Banihal.
“The samples should be collected at least on three different occasion and a composite analysis report should be submitted to the Tribunal,” ordered the NGT Principal Bench, New Delhi, while hearing a PIL, filed  against rampant dumping of soil directly in Chenab and Tawi rivers by the construction companies  without prior environment clearance and in violation of the conditions stipulated in the Environment Clearance, thus adversely affecting the ecosystem, overall ecology of the area and integrity of these  rivers.
The Tribunal further said that the joint team of State Pollution Board and the Environment Department will also offer its comments as to whether the environment clearance granted to the Project Proponent is being adhered to strictly and whether it has also provided for all the measures to be taken for protection of air pollution and pollution of river Ravi and Chenab.