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Mahanadi river case: NGT directs MoEF to submit report

Mahanadi river case: NGT directs MoEF to submit report

New Delhi:The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Monday directed the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to submit a report on steps taken by the ministry in connection with the six barrages constructed over the Mahanadi River by Chhattisgarh.

A bench of Justice Raghubendra Singh Rathore and expert member Dr Satyawan Singh Garbyal directed the ministry to file compliance report within three months before the tribunal.

“Ministry of Environment and Forest shall act expeditiously in furtherance to the letter it has written in September 20, 2017 to Chhattisgarh and submit a report within three months before the tribunal,” said the bench.

Notably, the ministry has written a letter, following an inspection by the Nagpur regional office, to Chhattisgarh raising objection over the construction of barrages on the river and requested Chhattisgarh to inform the reason for not informing the ministry and Odisha government, a riparian state, about the construction of six barrages on the River.

The Nagpur regional office of the environment ministry had conducted a inspection of all the six barrages and stated that no studies, pertaining to e-flow to be maintained in the downstream and impact on the flora and fauna in the large area to be submerged over 120 km stretch of the River, has been conducted by the implementing agency through an institute of repute. A cumulative impact assessment and carrying capacity of the river needs studied.

The bench has disposed off the matter, however the petitioner said that if the Union government does not comply with the direction of the tribunal then the court will again take up the matter and the matter will be heard.

PNN




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