The National Green Tribunal today rapped the civic authorities in Ghaziabad for dumping of solid waste and disposal of sewage in Sai Upvan, the 200 acre forest area in the city. The green panel also directed the Ghaziabad municipal commissioner to appear before it and apprise it about the actual condition there. “It is seen from the photographs that the area where the board of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam is placed is full of sewage. It is clear that nothing was done by the Nigam despite directions by the Tribunal.
“Even it has not filed reply in the case…In such circumstances we direct municipal commissioner of Nigam to be present before us on Feb 26,” a bench headed by Justice M S Nambiar said. The direction came in the wake of a plea filed by Society for Protection of Environment and Biodiversity (SPENBIO) and Ghaziabad resident Sushil Raghav seeking demolition of unauthorised and illegal structures located in green belts of the city.
Advocate Rahul Choudhary, appearing for the petitioners, told the bench that the area, which was marked as city forest in Ghaziabad’s master plan 2021 was being damaged by felling of trees and dumping of garbage. The city forest is now filled with sewage, which has completely destroyed the area, he said.
“Around 6 lakh trees were planted in the city forest area but as of today very less trees have survived. Moreover, even after several complaints to the authorities, no action has been taken and the city forest is converted into pool of sewage,” Rahul said. During the hearing, the counsel for Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam told the bench that the city forest area does not fall under it and he would file a detailed reply in the matter. On the last date of hearing, the tribunal had stayed construction of a city club in green belt area in Ghaziabad.