Is Mandakini river part of 'Ganga Action Plan': NGT asks MP, UP pollution control boards

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2015 21:35 IST

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to inform it whether Mandakini river has been considered a part of the 'Ganga Action Plan' for improving its water quality.

The Mandakini river, which originates in Satna district, meanders for over 50 kms and finally merges with the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh.

The Central Bench gave these directions while hearing the case 'Nityanand Mishra V/s State of Madhya Pradesh & Ors.'

The Bench comprised justice Dalip Singh, judicial member and Ranjan Chatterjee, expert member. The next hearing in the case will be on July 14.

In the earlier hearings in this case, applicant Nityanand Mishra had expressed concern over the quality of water and diminished water flow in Mandakini river, especially during the lean months of summer particularly after February and March, when the flow in the river is considerably reduced.

The NGT said that according to the documents submitted by the state government, R1.32 crore had been allotted for the construction of a stop dam on the Paisuni river, a tributary of Mandakini river.

The NGT said that it was in line with the order passed by the Tribunal earlier to maintain continuous flow of water in the Mandakini river during the lean period.

The Bench had earlier ordered local authorities that alleged unauthorised construction by Aruna Shukla across the river Mandakini at Chitrakoot, be removed.

On Wednesday, the Municipal Council, Chitrakoot, sought directions against Aruna Shukla for deposition of R1 lakh for removal of debris and construction across Mandakini river.

The Tribunal maintained that in its earlier order, it had clearly stated that in case the debris was not removed by Shukla, it be removed by the Municipal Board and the cost be recovered.

The NGT directed the municipal authorities to recover the amount within three months. The Bench also directed collector Satna to depute a special officer to assist municipal officials in this regard.

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