Learn river cleaning from Indore: NGT to other cities

Indore: Praising Indore for its Kahn river cleaning work, National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday said other cities should learn from MP’s commercial capital. On river cleaning and solid waste management, NGT’s six-judge bench on Tuesday held hearing through video conferencing, which was attended by secretaries of all states.

Social activist Kishore Kodwani and counsel for Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) Swati Mehta had gone to Bhopal to attend the hearing. During the conference, the judges commended the river cleaning work done by Indore, Ambikapur and Goa.

“The judges stated that three cities should be role model for others in river cleaning work,” Kodwani said. The NGT said that a larger bench has ordered to constitute a three-layer system for redressal of river and garbage cleaning works.

“There will be three committees for redressal of complaints. The committee at state level will be headed by chief secretary. The second committee at zonal level will be headed by an NGT judge and third at national level will be headed by a Supreme Court judge,” Kodwani said.

He said an app would be developed through which people can lodge complaints. “Initially, the collector will address the complaints. If he fails to address the complaint, they will be taken up by state level committee after which complaints will be taken up by zonal and central level committee,” Kodwani said. He said complaints would be monitored through video conferencing on regular basis. Kodwani had filed petition in NGT.

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