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India: NGT pushes coastal states to stop marine pollution December 05,2019   |  Source: The Navhind Times

The National Green Tribunal directed all coastal states and Union territories on Tuesday to submit action plan to the Central Pollution Control Board to prevent sewage and industrial effluents from being discharged in sea. The green panel directed that the relevant information be furnished to the CPCB within one month from Tuesday, failing which defaulting states and UTs will be liable to pay Rs 10 lakh each month till compliance.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the CPCB report about the status of compliance with regard to pollution laws in all coastal areas in the country, particularly with regard to discharge of untreated and industrial and municipal effluents and solid waste, is incomplete. “Accordingly, we direct the CPCB to submit a comprehensive status report which regard to coastal pollution by way of classification of coastal areas in priority-I to V within three months positively,” the bench said.

The NGT further directed that a copy of this order be sent to all chief secretaries and state pollution control boards of all coastal states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar, Puducherry and CPCB by

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