As per environmental jurisprudence, the polluter has to pay. But apartment STPs (sewage treatment plants) are usually set up and approved by five different players. So who’s the real polluter when an STP is defective?
KSPCB has been asking apartments in the city to pay up lakhs as compensation for defective sewage treatment plants. But the Board itself is responsible for approving many plants that had design and fabrication issues.
There are other states that have tried to ban plaster of paris Ganesha idols but the court has ruled the ban as illegal. So the onus of making the celebrations eco-friendly lies on people, say officials.