NGT seeks report from MP government on Narmada pollution
Emphasising that MP government doesn't seem to be bothered about preventing pollution in Narmada river, the central bench of NGT has summoned members of MP's inter-departmental coordination committee.india Updated: Oct 17, 2014 16:29 IST
Emphasising that Madhya Pradesh government doesn't seem to be bothered about preventing pollution in Narmada river, the central bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has summoned members of MP's inter-departmental coordination committee on checking pollution in Narmada to remain present before tribunal on October 21.
The committee members have been directed to file a detailed affidavit about what their respective departments have done till date for preventing pollution in Narmada river.
The committee has also been directed to submit month-wise action plan. The committee was constituted by the MP government two years ago, with principal secretaries of concerned departments as its members.
NGT gave these directions while hearing a case 'Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Anr vs Union of India and Ors'. The bench included justice Dalip Singh, judicial member and PS Rao, expert member. The directions were given on Wednesday, however the copy of the order was made available on Thursday. The next hearing in the case is on October 21.
Environmentalists have been expressing concerns regarding discharge of untreated waste into Narmada river from as many as 54 urban and township areas in its catchment area.
NGT expressed disaffection over the delayed efforts of MP government, especially the meeting of the coordination committee which was held a day before the hearing on October 14.
NGT observed that MP government, it seems, doesn't "share the same anxiety with regard to preventing pollution of river Narmada" as the compliance submitted before NGT "appears to be superficial and also the pace of the same does not appear to be gaining any momentum."
NGT has also ordered ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to submit the date-wise progress and the response of Centre on the proposals sent by MP government till date on mitigating pollution in Narmada.
MP government had apprised NGT that for the first phase, city sanitation plan for 25 identified towns under the Narmada River Conservation Plan had been prepared by them and sent to Centre National River Conservation Plan in MoEF.
NGT said that according to the October 10, 2014 letter from National River Conservation Directorate, it has come to light that as far as 2007, over Rs 12 crore had been sanctioned to MP government for executing pollution abating projects on Narmada river in Hoshangabad. In this context, NGT has ordered MP government to reply what steps were taken for utilization of the said amount and what was the impact.