21 Malls, Hotels In Gzb Running Without Nocs, Pollution Boards Served Notice, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday issued notices to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) seeking their replies against allegations that 21 hospitality facilities in Ghaziabad were operating without an NOC from the state pollution control board.

The hospitality establishments include malls, hotels and banquet halls such as Mahagun Metro Mall, Shopprix Mall, Ansal Plaza, and Jaipuria Mall, among others.

The notice follows a hearing of the principal bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi and expert member Afroz Ahmad on a plea made by environmentalists Prasoon Pant from Ghaziabad and Pradeep Dahlia from Greater Noida. The petition was filed on April 12.

“We had obtained an RTI reply from the UPPCB and averred that 21 establishments witnessing a footfall of nearly 30-40 lakh a month are causing all kinds of pollution in Ghaziabad, including air, water, noise, and waste generation. They have been functional without an NOC, which is a violation of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981, as well as other environmental norms,” said Dahlia.

The petitioners also alleged that UPPCB had granted Consent to Operate (CTOs) to many of these establishments without Consent to Establish (CTE) which goes against environmental norms.

The counsel of the petitioners, Ruchin Mehra, said his clients had approached the authorities several times to act against the violators, but no heed was paid.

The plea sought action against the violators for not obtaining an NOC and for violating the CPCB and UPPCB directions framed in the wake of the NGT order, wherein the NGT had directed the CPCB to come up with a set of directions for the functioning of the eateries, restaurants, banquets, etc.

The CPCB and the UPPCB have been asked to file their responses within a month. The next hearing in the case is on July 6.

Meanwhile, UPPCB regional officer Utsav Sharma said, “Some of these establishments have permission from us. We will have to check files because, at times, commercial names differ from allotment names in records, but some of them have our permission for sure.”

  • Published On Jun 6, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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