Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding construction of high-rise buildings without permission on the on the river-bed of Subarnarekha, 20/09/2023

  • 20/09/2023

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Tribunal on its own motion Vs State of Jharkhand dated 20/09/2023.

The Original Application has been registered in exercise of suo motu power on the basis of the communication dated August 30, 2023 received by the tribunal. Allegation is that there is rampant and indiscriminate construction of high-rise buildings on the river-bed of Subarnarekha river in violation of the environmental guidelines and that the construction activities by private individuals have started in the foothills of Dalma Range, which is otherwise a protected area. Perusal of the communication reveals that the issue relating to violation of environmental laws is involved.

The NGT directed formation of a joint Committee comprising of the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Regional Office, MoEF&CC Ranchi, Regional Director (East), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Principal Secretary, Water Resource Department, Jharkhand and concerned District Magistrate. The Committee has been entrusted to visit the site, ascertain the factual situation in respect of violation of the environmental norms and submit a report before the Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata along with suggested remedial measures, including environmental restoration plan within eight weeks.