Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding dumping of construction materials on the flood plains of the rivers of Pune and Pimpri, Maharashtra, 23/07/2019

  • 23/07/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sarang Yadwadkar & Others Vs Pune Municipal Corporation & Others dated 23/07/2019. Rampant dumping of construction materials on the flood plains of the rivers flowing though Pune and Pimpri Chinchawad cities, Maharashtra more particularly the Mula-Mutha river came up before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on July 23, 2019. The other allegation was of obstruction caused to the rivers causing diversion of its flow. NGT's order of March 2015 had prohibited construction within the distance of fifty meters from the Blue Line of rivers in Maharashtra.

Sarang Yadwadkar, the applicant cited 12 instance of obstruction to the river. Taking into account, the seriousness of the situation, the NGT directed the constitution of a Committee comprising of the i. Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department, Maharashtra ii. the District Collector, Pune iii.the Member Secretary, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, (iv) the SEIAA, Maharashtra and (v) a Senior Scientist from the CPCB, Regional Office at Pune. The Committee after inspecting the areas in question and verifying the facts has been entrusted to take approprite measures and submit a report within six weeks.

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