National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairman Mr. Justice (Retd) Adarsh Kumar Goel called on the State governments to adopt an economically sustainable model for keeping the environment clean...

  • Chandigarh, January 11- National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairman Mr. Justice (Retd) Adarsh Kumar Goel called on the State governments to adopt an economically sustainable model for keeping the environment clean, involving common masses and transferring them responsibilities because the government alone can not do everything.
  •  He said that a Clean environment is a fundamental right of citizens envisaged under Article 21 of the constitution which provides ‘Right to Life’ and it should be ensured by the ‘State’. He clarified that by the state he meant all the people and stakeholders of the state and not the government functionaries alone. Prime Minister Mr. Narender Modi’s slogan ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is not merely a slogan but it’s part of our culture, he said and added that the State should provide leadership to the people in keeping the environment clean.  
  • Mr. Justice (Retd) Adarsh Kumar Goel was delivering his Keynote address on the second day of the ‘Regional Conference on Environment’ organized at Gurugram today. Policymakers and stakeholders from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi participated in this two days Regional Conference. Chairpersons of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) as well as Municipal Commissioners and Senior Officers, Engineers from Municipal Corporations and Pollution Control Boards of districts of UP and Haryana falling in Delhi NCR region participated in the conference.
  • Mr. Justice Goel expressed hope that the resolution was taken today on the appeal of Mr. Justice Pritam Pal, Chairman NGT appointed Executive Committee on Ghaggar and Solid Waste Management that garbage will not be visible along National Highways, State Highways and Railway Tracks passing through Haryana after a month, would be completed and Haryana would become a model state. Appreciating the initiative of the Haryana government to organize such a unique conference, Mr. Justice Goel hoped that it would bear good fruits. Since a step has been taken forward, it would certainly show the path to the entire nation, Mr. Justice Goel opined.
  • He said that this conference has been organized in Gurugram and Haryana should become a model for others to emulate. Mr. Justice Goel exhorted that we should leave nature and natural resources for the next generation also. He said that environment protection is inherent in every law and keeping a balance between what we are taking from nature and that we are giving to it. Imbalance in this give and take from nature, would lead to chaos as earth also has a capacity and its resources are limited. Realizing this, the Stockholm Conference was organized in 1972 and a concept of sustainable development emerged. He said that climate change would result in heavy rainfall in some areas or extremely high temperatures in some others.
  • Mr. Justice Goel said that there are two types of Pollution problem- Solid and Liquid Waste. Giving data from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) website, he said that 351 river stretches in the country are so polluted that the water of these is not even fit for bathing. These have more than 30 BOD pollution levels. Similarly, the air in 122 cities and 100 industrial areas are polluted. Data shows that the situation is serious but it is so because we do not know what we have to do. We have the capacity to solve these problems. The garbage or filth needs to be disposed of in a scientific method, which is easy. The two or three types of garbage need to be segregated at the source because their disposal methods are different. The administration has a role to educate the masses and tell about the re-use and recycling of things so that in the end very less garbage is generated and the government should facilitate by providing bins and other usable things.
  • Earlier, Mr. Justice (Retd) Pritam pal said that he has seen the digital presentations of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and UP but the ground reality in these 4 states is different. He said that Legislation, Administration and Judiciary are all serious about environmental pollution and some improvement was seen but a lot more need to be done. He said that lack of sensitivity in stakeholders, lack of will to do and lack of involvement of civil society is the reason for these problems. He said that plans are available on the website of NGT about how the district level authorities should implement these plans on environment protection.
  • Justice S P Garg, Former Judge of Delhi High Court, deliberated on arrangements and ways adopted to tackle pollution in Delhi. Chairman of CPCB SPS Parihar rural areas should not be left out in environment planning and execution.
  • Haryana Chief Secretary  Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora told about the steps taken by the Haryana government for mitigation and solid waste management. Additional Chief Secretary,  Environment and Climate Change Department, Haryana,  Mrs. Dheera Khandelwal welcomed the guests and participants and the environmental concerns in present times. Principal Secretary of Urban Local Bodies Mr V Umashankar briefed about the breakout sessions held on first day of the Conference.
  • On the occasion Sanjiv Khirwar, Municipal Commissioner of East Delhi, Utsav Sharma, RO Pollution Control Board Gaziabad and Manish Singh Deputy Secretary Indore Model for Solid Waste Management gave presentations. Those present included Mr. Justice Jasbir Singh Chairman NGT appointed committee for Punjab, Dr. Anup Chandra Pandey Chairman NGT appointed oversight committee for UP, Subodh Chandra Aggarwal Member EC, NGT appointed Committee for Punjab, Mrs. Urvashi Gulati Member NGT appointed Committee on Ghaggar & Solid Waste Management, Swami Sampoornanda among others.