New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday did not give any immediate relief to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) as it has issued another expert committee To view the parameters related to the environment Ghazipur Slaughterhouse,
The only slaughterhouse in the capital, which has not been operational since May 30, will remain closed.
Hearing a review petition filed by the MCD, which claimed that “closing the slaughterhouse would create complications”, the bench ordered a new joint committee to assess the impact of the nearby slaughterhouse and also Examine whether corrective measures are required. A detailed copy of the tribunal’s order is expected in two days.
An MCD official said that they are yet to receive the copy of the order. “We will be able to comment only after that. A joint committee of CPCB and DPCC is already directed to certify that the slaughterhouse is functioning as per the agreed terms and environmental norms. We have, in the past, informed the court and the committee about the improvements made to meet these criteria. And on June 20, the committee conducted a survey and later submitted a report to the NGT,” said the official.
However, the joint committee of CPCB and DPCC, in its inspection report on the slaughterhouse on June 20, said that the unit has so far adopted zero-liquid discharge system and has not even installed a bio-methane plant to deal with dung waste. The committee noted that the MCD has not deposited the environmental damage compensation of Rs 50 lakh imposed by the DPCC for non-compliance with the installation of the bio-methane plant.
The slaughterhouse was closed on May 30 after DPCC withdrew consent for operation citing NGT’s May 13 order that it would open only after a joint committee of CPCB and DPCC certified compliance with environmental norms Could stay. On June 3, the MCD moved the Delhi High Court, but did not get relief. Later, it filed a review petition in the NGT seeking permission to resume operations of the slaughterhouse.
“With regard to the issue of illegal boring of ground water, we have obtained permission from Delhi Jal Board on May 23 to regularize five borewells, including three in slaughterhouses and two in livestock markets. We will be allowed to draw up to 180 kiloliters of water from each borewell. However, the permission is subject to certain conditions, such as the provision of telemetry flow meters and sharing of the facility’s ID and password with the Central Ground Water Board. We have already installed flow meters and shared the IDs too,” an official had said earlier.