SAGAR : On the instructions given by the National Green Tribunal the Sagar municipal Corporation mayor had inspected the Sagar lake alongwith the officials from pollution board on Wednesday. Journalist Deepak Tiwari had filed the case in the Green Tribunal Central Zone bench Bhopal regarding the Sagar Lake. Under Section 18(1) read with section 14, 15, 16 and 17 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010. Against the Sagar Municipal Corporation, district collector, chief medical and health officer Sagar and other four.
The mayor Abhay Dare and sewerage consultant Rajendra Silakari, officials from pollution board, VS Rai, RK Jain and SK Jain took a tour around the lake and inspected the drain falling in the lake. They had also inspected the sewerage line and chambers constructed by the PHE department.
The mayor informed that he had already prepared the renovation plan of Rs. 37 crore to make ‘pollution free lake’. Earlier the petition had been filed in the NGT by Deepak Tiwari, alleging that the SMC had failed to install the Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) or Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) in the area and hence the water of the said lake is vehemently being polluted.
The applicant had prays the Hon’ble Tribunal to Direct, immediate action under the penal power of the Tribunal against the respondent SMC for the violation of the Environmental Laws and also to direct the respondents to take action for cleaning the water body of Sagar Lake. Asked to direct the respondent to construct Sewerage Treatment Plant and Effluent Treatment plant, alongwith the garland drains around the Sagar Lake, so as to avoid any effluent discharge in the water body. Direct restoration of the Sagar Lake to its original form.
It also requested to impose spot penalty on the persons taking bath, washing cloths, bathing cattle and washing vehicles in the lake. Impose exemplary penalty on the respondent SMC and MP Pollution board for aiding the repeated and continues violation of the environmental norms. Initiate suitable action against the officials who have failed to compliance of their statutory responsibilities. He had also asked any other relief as this Hon’ble Tribunal may deem appropriate.
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