BHOPAL: Central Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought report from the district magistrate of Anuppur and state government regarding measures taken to check pollution at the origin of Narmada river in Amarkantak in Anuppur district.

The tribunal sought the report during the hearing of a petition by Sanjiv Tiwari against Digamber Jain, State of Madhya Pradesh and nine others regarding pollution at the origin of Narmada at Amarkantak.

During the hearing, the tribunal sought information about the preparations by district administration to handle an expected five lakh crowd coming to attend the culmination ceremony of Namami Narmade Sewa Yatra on May 15 in Amarkantak. The district magistrate of Anuppur  while presenting his reply before NGT said the crowd expected to attend the ceremony was not five lakh but about one to one and a half lakh.

He further told the tribunal that the administration in order to ensure that the water of the river didn’t get polluted during the ceremony, had built about 1,000 toilets and about 10 mobile toilets would be installed en-route to Amarkantak to ensure nobody defecated in to the river. He also said the administration had made food facility for the people away from the river.

The tribunal during the hearing sought a report about the measures taken by the administration to check the pollution at Amarkantak on which the counsel to respondent requested some time. “We requested some time from the court before presenting our side on which it gave us four days to prepare the report,” said counsel to respondents Sachin Verma.

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