WHO IS TO BE BLAMED FOR GODAVARI POLLUTION?
On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court ordered the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to present a report on the status of the construction of the common effluent treatment plant (ETP) on September 30th, 2013 in Nashik.
There is a petition filed against the government officials for the pollution of the Godavari River by Godavari Gatarikaran Virodhi Manch. The MIDC is accused of not fulfilling the responsibility and is not authorized to impeach others for the river’s pollution. Also, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is supposed to submit information on what actions have been implemented during this entire process by the industries.
Pravarthak Pathak, lawyer of the petitioners announced, “The NMC submitted an affidavit to the HC saying that by May 31, 2014, it will be acquiring land at Gangapur village and Pimpalgaon Khamb for the proposed sewage treatment plants (STPs) and will be constructing them after that.” Also, he added “These agencies have been asked to submit their affidavits during the next hearing on September 30. The state government has also been asked to appoint four police sub-inspectors and 30 policemen within one month to be posted along the riverbank to check on river polluting offences.”
The NMC has been asked to strictly follow the MPCB guidelines for STPs. “The biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of the water being released from the STPs was initially set at 30 by the MPCB. After the recommendations of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), the MPCB reduced it to below 10. Now, all STPs have to be modified. The class A2 of the river should be maintained, the HC said.”