Meghalaya Govt breathes sigh of relief as NGT waives off Rs 1 crore fine

Meghalaya Govt breathes sigh of relief as NGT waives off Rs 1 crore fine

SHILLONG | Oct 29, 2019:

The Meghalaya Government will get a waiver from the Rs 1 crore fine imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). This was informed by Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) chairman, C.P. Marak while speaking at the launching of the project Beat Plastic Pollution with Sla & Pla" which was held at Laitumkhrah Parking Lot here on Monday.

The MSPCB chairman said that the State Government will get waiver from the fine imposed of Rs 50 lakh per stream by the NGT in view of the approval of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on the action plan prepared by the State Government to rejuvenate the Umkhrah and Umshyrpi rivers.

"The fine of Rs 1 crore per month which was imposed by NGT on the Meghalaya Government will be waived off," Marak said

According to him, the NGT had passed order which is applicable to all the States on the need to prepare the action plan on the polluted stream or rivers identified by the CPCB.


"The States are liable to pay the fine if they failed to get the River Rejuvenation Action Plan by the CPCB. The fine meant for Meghalaya will be waived off since the CPCB has approved the action plan prepared by the State Government," MSPCB chairman said.

"Now it is upon the various line departments and the stakeholder to implement the action plan in the right spirit to restore the water quality of the two rivers as per the standard laid down by the CPCB and MSPCB. The different departments will be assigned with the tasks of rejuvenating of the two rivers," he said.


Marak, however, said that the various departments will have to adhere to the timeline even as projecting the budget requirements for taking up the various assignments for rejuvenating of the two rivers.

Marak informed that Meghalaya State Rejuvenation Committee has prepared an action plan for the rejuvenation of Wah Umkhrah and Umshyrpi rivers which was approved by the Central pollution Control Board.

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