Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal construction in the flood plains of River Kapali at Nalanga, District Bhadrak, Odisha, 16/12/2019

  • 16/12/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kalpana Mallik Vs Aditya Prasad Padhi & Others dated 16/12/2019 regarding illegal construction in the flood plains of River Kapali at Nalanga, District Bhadrak, Odisha. Report submitted by the District Magistrate, Bhadrak and the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) states that the alleged building is not in the notified buffer/green zone and the building will not cause any disturbance to the water body or the river bed. But the report mentioned that "occasional flood plain area on the river bank of Kapali rivulet is not notified buffer or green zone where the building plan of Bhadrak District Court Building has been designed and being constructed.”

The above statement shows that though flood plain area has not been notified, the construction being in such area is not ruled out.

The Tribunal directed the Secretary, Water Resources, Government of Odisha, District Magistrate Bhadrak and OSPCB to take appropriate measures within one month in respect of the building, which was said to have already been constructed, abatement measures may be taken to prevent the adverse consequences on the flood plains by preparing an action plan. Nodal agency for compliance would be the Secretary, Water Resources, Odisha.