Hyderabad: The Telangana government has made Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP) must for constructing commercial, industrial or residential buildings measuring over 10,000 square metres.
As per the direction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) the municipal administration and urban development department has instructed all municipalities, municipal corporations and urban development authorities not to sanction plans for the construction of commercial, industrial and residential buildings measuring over 10,000 square metres unless plans to set up STPs are given.
In the case of Almithra H. Patel vs Centre the National Green Tribunal issued orders on 25th April, 2017 regarding municipal solid waste management. In the order the National Green Tribunal directed the Telangana government to issue instructions to its departments that no plans for the construction of any commercial, industrial or residential buildings above 10,000 square metres would be sanctioned unless plans to provide the setting up of STP are also provided.
The STP should bring sewerage within the prescribed parameters and should also provide a comprehensive system of collection, transportation and disposal of municipal solid waste strictly in accordance with the solid waste management rules of 2016.
Keeping this in view the director of municipal administration, T.K. Sreedevi, sent a letter to the municipal administration and urban development department informing that permissions for the construction of buildings are accorded by the director, town and country planning (DTCP), HMDA and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and as they are not under the administrative control of the director of municipal administration, they were requested to issue instructions to concerned departments and make provisions for incorporating the directions of NGT immediately.
In turn the municipal administration department has issued instructions to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, HMDA and DTCP.