NGT pulls up government on pollution
Division bench of acting chairperson UD Salvi and expert member Dr Nagin Nanda said on Tuesday that the state government is giving wrong affidavits in the tribunal rather than solving the problem.Updated: Jan 31, 2018 21:29 IST
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday pulled up the Rajasthan government for not taking adequate measures, to prevent pollution and accumulation of water released from the sewerage of Jodhpur city and industrial units, in the fields of Araba village of Barmer district. NGT has also slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the state government and asked to deposit this amount in Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board.
Araba village in Barmer district is located around 50 kilometers away from Jodhpur city. The drainage for rain water is laid from Jodhpur city to Araba village, resulting into accumulation of water released from sewerage and industrial units in rainy as well as other seasons, in the fields of Araba village, where the agriculture fields as well as the groundwater have been worst affected. The locals from Araba gram panchayat on the pollution problem filed a petition in NGT.
Division bench of acting chairperson UD Salvi and expert member Dr Nagin Nanda said on Tuesday that the state government is giving wrong affidavits in the tribunal rather than solving the problem.
“The Central and Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board submitted the joint inspection report to the NGT for the problem of pollution in the Araba village. The government had given the affidavits of completion of sewerage treatment plant till September last year, but in the report, progress in the work was not mentioned,” said the petitioner's counsel Jaydeep Singh.