The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to pay a Rs 120 crore fine for environmental violations in Gorakhpur district, including improper solid waste management and sewage discharge into rivers.
The NGT’s principal bench, chaired by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, estimated the state’s liability for the discharge of 55 MLD sewage into rivers in Gorakhpur at Rs 110 crores.
“Using the compensation scale used in Maharashtra, compensation comes to Rs 11.40 crore, which is rounded off to Rs 10 crores. As a result, the total compensation is set at Rs 120 crore, reports Business Standard.
Recently, the NGT imposed heavy fines on West Bengal and Maharashtra for environmental violations.