Picture Credit: Arjunaraoc, Telangana State English Map, CC BY-SA 4.0
Telangana has been fined Rs 3,825 crore by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) as environmental reparation for continuing to fail to treat municipal solid and liquid waste in Hyderabad and other urban local bodies in the state.
After hearing the case on September 29 as instructed by the Supreme Court, the tribunal’s principal bench in New Delhi proposed that the state raise money by imposing user fees on homes and commercial buildings for disposing of waste.
The NGT’s principal bench stated that the state’s liability for past violations must be quantified on the basis of the “polluter pays” principle and must be used for environmental restoration. The principal bench noted that the statutory deadlines for legacy waste remediation expired on April 7, 2021.