Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding discharge of waste water by M/s. Hotel Presidency into a storm water drain, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, 09/01/2022

  • 09/01/2023

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Srikanta Kumar Pakal & Others Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 09/01/2023.

The matter related to discharge of waste water by M/s. Hotel Presidency, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

The court noted that the test report of water samples of the hotel show high levels of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), total suspended solids (TSS) as well as faecal coliform. However, these "two test reports do not give the standards/regulatory limits".

The NGT, expressed its surprise as to how the authorized signatory and the Board Analyst has signed the reports. The court directed the Member Secretary, the Odisha State Pollution Control Board to take appropriate action against the authorised signatory and the board analyst who have signed these water analysis reports "by way of stern warnings not to prepare test reports in a caused manner in future".

The affidavit of the Odisha Pollution Control Board contains a letter, November 25, 2022 mentioning that BOD and faecal coliform levels are high and beyond the criterial parameters, the NGT asked what action has been taken against the concerned hotel.

The Report of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority has mentioned that the Hotel Presidency is discharging its water and sewage into the storm water drain and the court asked the SPCB to verify whether STP of the hotel is functional. "More than four years have passed and the current report of the State Pollution Control Board also shows that the concerned hotel is in violation of Environmental norms," the order said.