NGT establishes committee to investigate hazardous waste in Ganga

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A committee has been established by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to investigate a complaint that industrial units in the Uttar Pradesh town of Muzaffarnagar’s Bhopa Thana are dumping coal ash and hazardous waste along the Ganga Canal.

The complaint was made in a letter petition, which was the basis for the filing of the plea. It has been alleged that certain industrial proponents, including Bindal Duplex Ltd. Paper Mill, Bhageshwari Paper Mill, and Silverton Pulp and Paper Mill Pvt. Ltd., operate units in the village of Nangala Bujurg, Bhopa Thana, Muzaffarnagar, and massively dump hazardous waste and coal ash along the Ganga Canal’s bank, endangering the environment besides causing health hazards to the residents in the nearby areas.

The order further stated that it would be appropriate to first obtain a factual report by forming a joint Committee made up of the State PCB and the District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar. The committee would be required to visit the site within a fortnight and submit a factual report within two months.

On December 9, the matter will be discussed once more, reports Business Standard.

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