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BMC slapped with INR 34 Cr fine for letting untreated sewage into the sea

The BMC is to be fined by the National Green Tribunal for leaving untreated effluents in water bodies.

BMC slapped with INR 34 Cr fine for letting untreated sewage into the sea
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The National Green Tribunal has authorized a penalty of ₹29.75 crores on Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, for leaving untreated effluents in water bodies.

The NGT passed the order while hearing a petition from D Stalin of NGO Vanshakti, filed through advocate Zaman Ali. Moreover, the BMC has also been asked to pay the Central Pollution Control Board ₹4.25 crores a month for the 85 major outfalls that release effluents into the water bodies. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, this one time fine has to recompensated within a period of 30 days. Even though Mumbai has city sewage plants at Bhandup, Ghatkopar, Versova, Malad, Colaba, Worli and Bandra, the infrastructure is around 17 years old.

The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) principal bench had earlier passed an order at a hearing asking the State Government of Maharashtra to provide a detailed report on the total quantity of garbage collected at mangroves coupled with a plan to dispose of them within six weeks. Moreover, back in July, the Forest Department’s Mangrove Cell had estimated that there could be around 50,000 tons of plastic waste spread across 6,600 hectares of Mumbai’s mangroves. In the past, it had asserted that the rivers and the creeks along with the ocean are also threatened by plastic waste that is discarded by the people.

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