Green Tribunal Imposes Fine for Damaging Environment

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New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has imposed a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on a five-star hotel in New Delhi for damaging environmental norms and causing damage to the environment.

The directions came while hearing a plea by environment activist Shailesh Singh who has claimed that the hotel situated on Bangla Sahib Road in New Delhi was causing harm to the environment and there was no system installed for checking the pollution.

A bench headed by Justice UD Salvi directed the hotel to pay the environmental compensation within four weeks. The tribunal noted that the Effluent Treatment Plant which was originally installed for 150 kilo liters per day load was actually over utilized for treating discharge of waste water of 270 kilo litre per day and subsequently 356 kilo liters per day.

“We have noticed that this hotel was established in the year 2000 and there have been lapses on the part of the hotel in renewal of the consent to operate within time between the period 2003 and 2007.

“We had gone through the response of the hotel and considering the facts placed before us by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee. We are of the view that the hotel shall pay environmental compensation of Rs. 5,00,000,” the bench said.

PTI

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