Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding discharge of municipal solid waste in and around Tarapith area, Birbhum district, West Bengal, 29/07/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Joydeep Mukherjee Vs Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal & Others dated 29/07/2019 regarding discharge of municipal solid waste and plastic bags in and around Tarapith area, Rampurhat subdivision of Birbhum district in West Bengal. Report submitted by the District Magistrate and Collector, Birbhum informed the Tribunal that a garbage clearance agency has been appointed for collection of waste material from the periphery of Maa-Tara Temple and both the sides of river Dwarka where hotels, guest houses and shops are situated. Tarapith area would be declared as a plastic free zone within two months and land acquired for setting up STP.
Justice S. P. Wangdi and Expert Member Satyawan Singh Garbyal expressed their concern at the delay in constructing the STP as it was the primary requirement for river Dwarka to be made pollution free. Thus, directions were issued to the State government and the district magistrate Birbhum to ensure that the work is completed expeditiously, within a time period of six months. The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) and the District Magistrate, Birbhum has been asked to submit a report of compliance after 6 months.