Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding water mafia in Rawatbhata, district Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, 28/10/2020

  • 28/10/2020

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Muzaffar Hussain, Ecosorz Foundation Vs State of Rajasthan dated 28/10/2020.

The matter deals with remedial action against illegal extraction of groundwater at Rawatbhata, District Chittorgarh, Rajasthan by water mafia for commercial purpose. The NGT in its order of February 5, 2020 had directed that the compensation regime to effectuate the 'polluter pays' principle be properly implemented so that "violation of law does not remain profitable".

In furtherance to the NGT order, a report was filed by the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board in October 26, 2020. This report only mentioned that a show cause notice was given to the project proponents to which objections had been filed and matter was under consideration. The NGT expressed its displeasure at the delay in taking effective steps by the RSPCB.

The court deferred the proceedings and directed the RSPCB to take prompt action in the matter and file action taken report before February 22, 2021.