Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution being caused in the Kotwan Industrial area, Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh, 04/10/2023

  • 04/10/2023

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Narender Sirohi Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 04/10/2023.

The matter related to pollution being caused in the Kotwan Industrial area of Kosi Kalan, Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh. It has brought to the attention of the court that a news item dated June 4, 2022 published in Amar Ujala, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh disclosing that 12 buffaloes had died after drinking the poisonous water coming out from the factories of Kotwan Navipur Industrial Area. The report also mentioned that the authorities had taken the sample of water for testing. The allegation is that the units are releasing untreated poisonous chemicals from the factory in the Kosi drain from which the water was consumed by the buffaloes.

The NGT was of the opinion that remedial action is required to be taken and directed a joint committee to examine the issue. The committee will ensure collection of water samples of discharge from the factories in the concerned area and submit the report before the court. The committee will also ascertain the truthfulness of the incident reported in the newspaper and the allegation of release of untreated chemicals from the factories. The Committee will also ensure the adequate prevention/remedial measures, if the violations of environmental laws is found.