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NGT orders de-sealing of Haridwar-based hotel

DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered de-sealing of a Haridwar-based hotel, which was shut for allegedly polluting river Ganga, after Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board informed that it was complying with the pollution norms.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, however, restrained the hotel from discharging any effluent or sewage untreated or otherwise into the sewer connection, reports PTI.

During the hearing, the counsel appearing for the board told the tribunal that Park Prime Hotel has got its own sewage treatment plant (STP) and is located at a reasonable distance from river Ganga.

“In view of the statement made, we allow this application and direct the seal of the hotel be removed. The hotel be permitted to carry on its business subject to the conditions,” the bench said.

It directed the hotel to obtain requisite permission from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) within a month.

“In the event the permission is not taken, the CGWA and Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board shall take action in accordance with law,” it said.

“The hotel is restrained from discharging any effluent or sewage untreated or otherwise into the sewer connection. The effluent from the STP shall be recycled and used,” the bench said.

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