NGT Panel To Inspect Garbage Dump Near Sainik School In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a fact-finding committee to inspect the garbage dump at the temporary transit station (TTS) of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) near Sainik School.

The tribunal, which registered a case over the huge garbage dump of around 54,000 tons, asked the committee to submit its report within four weeks. The move came amid reports that the garbage dump is posing serious health hazards to the citizens.

A resident of Chandrasekharpur area Harapriya Patel had submitted a complaint drawing the attention of the NGT to a media report on the warning by experts about the health hazards posed by the garbage dump at the TTS.

The media report said the windows of Sainik School and Kendriya Vidyalaya have to be kept closed to protect students from the smell, odour and ill-effects of the garbage site which is located less than 100 metre away in violation of the siting criteria, TNIE reported.

While observing that the photographs published along with the media report “presents a despicable situation of the dumping site near the Sainik School”, the NGT said that the matter requires consideration.

The bench of B Amit Sthalekar (judicial member) and Arun Kumar Verma (expert member) said, “In order to elicit the veracity of the allegations made, we deem it appropriate to constitute a fact-finding committee. The committee shall inspect the site in question and submit its report within four weeks on affidavit with regard to the allegations made.”

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