Ludhiana,, June 30 -- The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEF and CC) and the state government to release the pending subsidy of Rs.36 crore to two common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) within three weeks.

The directive was given on Tuesday during the hearing of a petition filed by the Punjab Dyers Association (PDA) against the delay in releasing the subsidy.

The secretary of the MoEF and CC and the secretary, department of science, technology and environment, Punjab, have also been directed to file an affidavit regarding the same within a week. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled for July 23.

PDA general secretary Bobby Jindal said, "Two CETPs are...