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NGT pulls up government colleges and malls for failing to manage waste; slaps fine
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped massive environment compensation on Delhi-based government colleges and malls for producing huge quantity of waste and not treating sewage properly in order to meet with environment laws.

A bench led by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar imposed massive fines on these erring bodies for not taking adequate measures in view of protecting the ecosystem.

According to media reports, an environment compensation of Rs 25,000 has been imposed by the green panel on some DU (Delhi University) colleges namely Vivekananda Mahila College, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Shyam Lal College. These colleges have also been ordered to install anti-pollution devices within three months.

In the event of default the panel's order, these colleges would be liable to pay environmental compensation of Rs 5 lakh and shut down, the tribunal said.

The NGT has also slapped a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh on east-Delhi-based Cross River Mall, Rs one lakh on Mahatta Towers Pvt Ltd and Rs 50,000 on Aggarwal Fun City Mall. They have been directed to deposit the compensation amount within two weeks.

"The notices shall rectify and carry out all the deficiencies pointed out by the inspection committee and comply with the recommendations within three months. In the event of default, they shall be liable for further environmental compensation of Rs 5 lakhs and shall be subject to closure," the bench said.

In order to take action against the defaulting bodies for inappropriate management over solid waste and treatment of sewage improperly, the tribunal had constituted the committee comprising representatives of the ministries of Environment and Urban Development, Director General of Health Services, Medical Council of India, DDA, municipal corporations, the Delhi government, Central Pollution Control Board, railways and Delhi Pollution Control Committee. It also had four independent experts.

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