Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding degradation of Kullu and Manali, Himachal Pradesh, 28/05/2019

  • 28/05/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ramesh Chand Vs State of Himachal Pradesh & Others dated 28/05/2019 regarding degradation of Kullu and Manali in Himachal Pradesh in terms of air and water pollution as well as encroachment of forest lands and construction in flood plains of Beas and Ravi rivers.

The NGT observed that even though order for demolition of illegal construction beyond the carrying capacity was given, no satisfactory compliance has been noted. The matter came for review on 19.09.2018 and it was found necessary that carrying capacity assessment of the ecologically sensitive and geographically fragile areas in Himachal Pradesh, particularly Manali and Mcleodgang be conducted by a joint inspection committee, taking into account factors like vehicular traffic, parking space, air quality, earthquakes, land bearing capacity of soil. Even after expiry of eight months, the affidavit filed by Himachal Pradesh states that there was no input from the National Disaster Management Authority and the land use map of Kullu Valley Planning area has not been finalised.

The NGT gives another opportunity to Himachal Pradesh to take effective steps in the matter and the Secretary, Town and Country Planning Department and Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board are directed to remain present in person with the compliance report on the next date.