<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered 10 builders in Faridabad district, Haryana, to fork out a bank guarantee of Rs 50 lakh each within three days for faulty and unauthorised sewage treatment plants (STPs) failing which their bank accounts would be attached. The Tribunal also prohibited them from withdrawing money from their bank accounts in the meanwhile and directed them to fix the STPs and get them inspected by the Haryana Pollution Control Board.The Tribunal also prohibited the builders from dumping sewage in the open. “Only after taking permission from the NGT would the accounts of the builders be de-freezed,” said NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar who was heading a four-member bench. The bench was hearing a plea by Faridabad resident Varun Sheokand which alleged that waste was being dumped in open.The builders asked to fork out bank guarantee are: Omaxe Heights and Summer Palms in Sector 86, SRS Residency and BPTP Villas in Sector 88, ERA Redwood Residency in Sector 78, SRS Royal Hills Sector 87, Puri VIP Floors in Sector 81, BPTP L Block and BPTP Elite floors in sector 84 and Era Divine Court in sector 76 of Faridabad.Among these builders, ERA Redwood Residency also faces a hefty environment compensation of Rs.55 lakh for failing to obtain the statutory consent to operate the STP. The Tribunal asked them to pay up within a week. Further, Omaxe Heights, SRS and BPTP were asked to fork out environment compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for dysfunctional STPs.The NGT bench was earlier imposing an environment compensation of Rs 50 lakh each. But, the counsel for builders pleaded that they were facing mounting pressure of Non-Performing Assets and thus sought to reduce the compensation and the Tribunal agreed.

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NGT asks Faridabad builders to fork out bank guarantee, compensation