UDHAMPUR, July 16: Appreciating the decision of NGT (National Green Tribunal) of imposing Rs 2 crore fine on Gammon Construction and other Companies for dumping muck in Tawi River and polluting it, former MLA & President Panthers Party Balwant Singh Mankotia has sought similar action by NGT on dumping city waste at Tawi River near Kheri Udhampur.
While addressing a press conference, here today, NPP president Balwant Singh Mankotia said that it was the most serious issue of dumping all cty waste at Tawi river, Kheri near Jakhani Udhampur from last 4 years, which is making environment polluted and putting general public at greater health risk.
“Dumping station is hardly 500 metre from the city and adjoining the Jammu Srinagar National Highway from where the tourists of all over India travel through there which also makes mockery of Swachh Bharat in Udhampur,” he added
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Expressing deep anguish, NPP president said that since the waste from whole city is being dumped at Tawi River from where water supply is made to whole Udhampur, it was posing threat to health of the locals and especially tourists coming from all over India who mainly pass through there.
Mankotia disclosed that the people of the said area are suffering on the daily basis due to the dumping of the waste which is making the environment unsafe for the locals and putting hazardous health issues. He said that dumping of Malwa in Tawi river also blocks the water pipelines due to which the water level is decreasing in Tawi river day by day.
Mankotia informs that on a Panthers Party delegation will meet and submits memorandum to Chairman NGT at his office in New Delhi on July 18 seeking necessary action in this regard. He said that dumping of the waste in Tawi and making the environment unhealthy for the locals is also the violation of Indian Constitutional Provision of Article 21, which assures the citizens of India the right to a healthy environment.
Mankotia appealed to Chairman NGT to probe the matter expeditiously and make necessary action to address the problem. Youth Vice President Rafiq Chandeil and Councillor Samnik Bhasin were also present in the press conference.