A vacation bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), headed by justice SP Wangdi, has sought a response from the environment ministry, the Haryana government led by Manohar Lal Khattar, the Gurugram Municipal Corporation and IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services Ltd, after a plea by an NGO alleged that the Basai wetland in Gurugram was in a critical condition, due to a waste treatment plant being built in the wetland. “At this stage, we are not inclined to grant any interim order as prayed for, without hearing the respondents. In the meantime, the respondents shall show cause, as to why the prayer for interim order sought by the applicant shall be not granted,” the bench said.
The green panel also directed the Haryana government to consider the representation of the NGO and take an appropriate decision. “Since, it is not clear as to whether the construction and debris plant is within the wetland area or not, the Haryana government shall furnish the revenue records pertaining to the area, by way of an affidavit before July 5, 2017,” the bench said.
The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by NGO Delhi Bird Foundation, seeking a stay on the project, contending that the Basai wetland, though not declared as a wetland under the Wetland (Conservation & Management) Rules, 2010, was a valuable water body. “The construction and debris plant, which is under the process of establishment, shall have an adverse impact upon the water body due to various activities connected with the plant,” the plea filed through advocates Saurabh Sharma and Meera Gopal said. The plant, according to the Gurugram Municipal Corporation, will be spread over 3.5 acres of land and will process 500 tonnes of waste a day.