Ludhiana,, Nov. 27 -- Finding no progress in the upgrade of sewer treatment plants (STPs) that are meant to reduce pollution in the Buddha Nullah, the monitoring committee of National Green Tribunal (NGT) warned the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) of a higher penalty if corrective steps are not taken.

The committee, during its visit to the city on Friday, told MC that if it fails to stop the flow of sewer water into Buddha Nullah by March 2021, it may have to pay Rs.10 lakh for each drain every month as penalty. At least 16 drains converge into the highly polluted Buddha Nullah from different parts of the city. In all, the MC may end up paying Rs.3 crore a month, they warned.

The six-member NGT committee was led by chairman Justice ...