Government not complying with HC order on Godavari: Environmentalist

Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation and other government departments have not complied with various directions of the Bombay High Court regarding pollution of the holy Godavari River at Nashik, according to petitioner Rajesh Pandit, who has given this report to the HC.

Environmentalist Pandit and others have filed a PIL (No 176/2012) in the HC and the next hearing is slated for March 21. National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has been directed to be the expert agency by the HC to look into the matter.

Hearing the petition, the HC issued many directions and directed Pandit to prepare a chart showing the HC directions from time to time, and its compliance by various departments. Two charts were submitted to the HC by Pandit during the last hearing.

Through the chart, Pandit pointed out major points which were not complied with. He said that the irrigation department was not following the ecological and environmental flow as suggested by NEERI.

Renovation of all Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) and to bring down the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) level to 10mg/litre was not complied with. Full compliance was not done on all waste water that should be piped to STP and not to be released into the rivers or its tributaries.

“The HC direction that care to be taken that garbage is not thrown in the river is not complied with. Similarly MIDC was directed to complete its waste water treatment plant, which has not been completed,” he said.

“Though rainwater harvesting is compulsory but is not implemented effectively even in government offices. Fixing of nets on bridges to avoid throwing garbage in the river has not been complied with. Some nets were fitted but were washed away in the last year’s floods,” he said.

In its order (available with FPJ), the Bombay High Court is proposing to issue appropriate directions on the use of Godavari River bank for various activities and on illegal structures which have come up on the bank of the river on 21 March.

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