Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding unscientific carcass disposal site at Village Ladhowal, District Ludhiana, Punjab, 24/05/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kulwinder Singh Sandhu & Others Vs Ram Murti & Others dated 24/05/2019 regarding unscientific carcass disposal site at Village Ladhowal, District Ludhiana, Punjab. According to the applicants, the activities are going on at the bank of river Sutlej without consent/permission from the concerned authorities and result in discharge of untreated effluents, contaminated chemicals, leftover waste and blood of dead animals into the river and release of toxic and harmful fumes and gases in the atmosphere, spreading foul smell in the area up to several kilometers from the site of Hadda Rodi and is a continued source of environmental pollution and degradation for residents of the surrounding villages.
NGT directs a Joint Committee comprising representatives of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), PPCB and the District Magistrate, Ludhiana to ascertain the facts and ensure proper action by the statutory authorities under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 in accordance with law within two months. The Committee has also been asked to assess the compensation for damage to the environment in the last five years and the concerned statutory authorities may take steps to recover the same from the identified polluters in accordance with law. The nodal agency will be the PPCB for coordination and compliance. An action taken report should be furnished by the committee to the Tribunal within three months.