Ansal builders fined by NGT for C&D waste rules violation

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Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd has been ordered by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to pay environmental damages of up to Rs 153.50 crore for violating waste managament rules at its property in Sushant Lok Phase-I, Gurgaon.

“Violation of statutory rules by not obtaining EC (environment clearance), consent to establish, or consent to operate,” as well as illegal groundwater extraction, are among the infractions listed by the NGT in its order. A fine has also been levied for the direct discharge of partially treated or untreated sewage into a stormwater drain, encroachment on green belt property, and failure to comply with the 2016 Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules and the 2016 Solid Waste Management Rules.

The panel has ordered the builder to pay around Rs 4.97 crore for drawing groundwater from 39 borewells without receiving permission from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA). The offence that resulted in the biggest fine (about Rs 98.53 crore) was the discharge of partially or untreated sewage into a stormwater drain, reports The Indian Express.

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