NGT refrains from imposing a financial penalty on Jharkhand for poor SWM

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has declined to impose a Rs 750-crore environmental penalty on the Jharkhand government for improper solid and liquid waste management.

The tribunal also noted the state government’s commitment to allocating Rs 1,114 crores for solid and liquid waste management.

Based on data presented by the state’s chief secretary, there were still significant gaps in SWM, the NGT said.

However, the NGT bench felt it does not appear necessary to do so in light of the chief secretary’s statement that a sum of Rs 1,114 crore will be credited to a ring-fenced account to be spent within one year to bridge the gaps in waste management through a specific action plan to be implemented within one year.

The bench observed that a paradigm shift in handling the situation was required because the administration was confronted with the nagging problem of waste management, which remained unresolved to the detriment of the environment and public health, reports Economic Times.

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