Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution of Ramgarh lake, Ami river, Rapti river and Rohani river, District Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, 07/03/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Meera Shukla Vs Municipal Corporation, Gorakhpur & Others dated 07/03/2019 regarding pollution of Ramgarh Lake, Ami River, Rapti River and Rohani River in and around District Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The rivers in question are tributary of river Ghaghara which in turn is a tributary of river Ganga.
The report of the Monitoring Committee show that units are violating the environmental norms. The Committee has suggested recovery of compensation to the extent of Rs. 50 lakhs each for the damage caused to the environment and public health by the operation of the units. The Committee has also suggested recovery of compensation to the extent of Rs. 50 laksh each from the UPPCB on account of its failure and possible collision with the polluters.
NGT seeks the assistance of CPCB to finalise the amount of compensation and action against the UPPCB. Further the the Pollution Control Board may take further appropriate action to remedy the situation, in exercise of its statutory powers, without awaiting for any further orders from the Tribunal in the light of the facts found and furnish a report within one month.