NGT fines Bihar Rs 4000 cr for poor SWM

The Bihar government has been fined Rs 4,000 crore by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for its inadequate management of solid and liquid waste. The NGT ordered the amount to be deposited in a ring-fenced account within two months and to be used exclusively for waste management in the state under the direction of the chief secretary.

The NGT also stated that the amount should be kept as non-lapsable and used for setting up solid waste processing facilities, remediation of legacy waste, and sewage and faecal sludge treatment plants. The NGT observed that Bihar produces 5,437 tonnes per day of solid waste, of which only 1,365 tonnes are processed, leaving a significant gap of 4,072 tonnes per day.

The NGT has imposed similar fines on other states such as West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Telangana for failing to manage solid and liquid waste, reports The Times of India.

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