The Principal Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a cost of Rs 5 crores on the Mumbai Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) for polluting the Taloja industrial area on the outskirts of Mumbai. The bench imposed the cost while hearing a petition filed by a resident.
The NGT bench comprising of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel (chairperson), Justice SP. Wangdi (judicial member) and Dr Nagin Nanda (expert member) passed this order while hearing the application filed by Arvind Pundalik Mhatre seeking action against the alleged discharge of untreated water in a body close to the residential area which is damaging the ecosystem.
The bench passed order saying, “We direct that MIDC is liable to deposit further sum of Rs. 5 Crores for causing pollution after its taking over of CETP operation around 01.11.2018 till date. We further direct that if the remaining amount of compensation as per earlier orders as well as the current amount is not deposited by 30.09.2019, salary of CEO, MIDC, Deputy CEO (Environment), MIDC and Member Secretary, MPCB be stopped till compliance.”