Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cut water, power supply to industries polluting Ganga: SC (The Hindu 30 October 2014)

LEGAL CORRESPONDENT

National Green Tribunal asked to file status report every six months

Observing that its “last hope” rests on the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Supreme Court referred to it the responsibility to monitor and inspect industrial units along the Ganga and even cut off water and power connections if the units are found to be polluting the river.
A three-judge Bench led by Justice T.S. Thakur said official apathy and “failure at various levels” in both the State and the Central Pollution Control Board had led to the Ganga dying at the hands of “highly” and “grossly” polluting units, which flushed their untreated effluents into the river without any checks.
The inaction had continued even after numerous orders were passed by the Supreme Court directing the authorities to protect the river since 1980s, when a PIL was filed before the court by lawyer M.C. Mehta highlighting the alarming state of the river and its depletion owing to pollution.
Describing the Ganga as a river held in high esteem and one which is unlike the other rivers in the country, the court observed in its detailed order that it is “our duty to ensure purification of the river”.
“There is no gainsaying that the river has significance not only in the religious and spiritual psyche of the people, but it is also a lifeline of people,” observed the Bench comprising Justices A.K. Goel and R. Banumathi. The river had suffered from the “institutional failure” of the authorities, which should have protected it from industrial units mushrooming on its banks.
Justice Thakur slammed the statutory authorities for doing “nothing” against the polluting industries.
“You should have stood up to these people who have both money power and resources, otherwise how will you prevent the river from being polluted,” Justice Thakur asked Solicitior-General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Centre.
“Your story is a complete story of failure, frustration and disaster. You need to stand up against the polluting units. It will take another 50 years if the task is left to you,” Justice Thakur observed.
The court has asked the tribunal to file a status report every six months on actions taken to control industrial pollution. It posted the case for further hearing on December 10 to pass further orders to curb domestic effluents.


You can drink Yamuna water and also swim in the river by 2017: JICA representative (The Hindu 30 October 2014)

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You can drink Yamuna water and also swim in the river by 2017: JICA representative

The HinduA view of river Yamuna with toxic waste and other dangerous pollutants on the eve of "World Enviornment Day", near Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi on Wednesday. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

Sinya Ejima, chief representative of JICA informed that current commitment of JICA’s assistance in urban sector including water and transport is of the order of Rs.2, 40, 000 crore.

With focus on cleaning of the Yamuna and its bed, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is associated with 16 sewerage and water supply projects in India, on Wednesday expressed hope that the Yamuna would be clean by year 2017 and its water fit for consumption and swimming too.
“With several sewerage projects under implementation and other efforts in progress, and if everything goes well, I expect to swim in the river Yamuna and drink Yamuna water by 2017” said Sinya Ejima, chief representative of JICA in India.
He said so while making a presentation on ‘JICA’s Operations in Urban Sector In India’ at the meeting of India-Japan Joint Working Group on Urban Development here on Wednesday. JICA is currently associated with various projects relating to sewerage and water supply with a total loan commitment of Rs.28,660 crore in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa. Mr Ejima informed that current commitment of JICA’s assistance in urban sector including water and transport is of the order of Rs.2, 40, 000 crore.
JICA said challenges to be addressed in the water sector are improvement in Operation & Maintenance (O&M) for efficient management of assets created, improvement in service delivery, improving financial position of urban local bodies, entrusting O&M to private sector through PPP model and promotion of re-use and recycling technologies to address water scarcity. The challenges in urban sector are, it said, introduction of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), optimal mechanism for introduction of Metro rail systems, introduction of regional transit systems, monorails and Light Rail Transport and technical assistance for preparing comprehensive mobility plans.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Aradhya Dekar Mangi Khushali (Dainik Jagran 30 Oct 2014)

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'Hope to drink from Yamuna by 2017' (Times of India, 30 Oct. 2014)

Puja Amid Pollution (Times of India, 30 Oct. 2014)

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Cut water, power supply to industries polluting Ganga: SC ( The Hindu 30 Oct. 2014)

LEGAL CORRESPONDENT

Observing that its “last hope” rests on the National Green Tribunal, the Supreme Court referred to it the responsibility to monitor and inspect industrial units along the Ganga and even cut off water and power connections if the units are found to be polluting the river.

A three-judge Bench led by Justice T.S. Thakur said official apathy and “failure at various levels” in both the State and the Central Pollution Control Board had led to the Ganga dying at the hands of “highly” and “grossly” polluting units, which flushed their untreated effluents into the river without any checks.
The inaction had continued even after numerous orders were passed by the Supreme Court directing the authorities to protect the river since 1980s, when a PIL was filed before the court by lawyer M.C. Mehta highlighting the alarming state of the river and its depletion owing to pollution.

The court observed in its detailed order that it is “our duty to ensure purification of the river.”
“There is no gainsaying that the river has significance not only in the religious and spiritual psyche of the people, but it is also a lifeline of people,” observed the Bench. The river had suffered from the “institutional failure” of the authorities, which should have protected it from industrial units mushrooming on its banks.

“You should have stood up to these people who have both money power and resources, otherwise how will you prevent the river from being polluted,” Justice Thakur asked Solicitior-General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Centre.

“Your story is a complete story of failure, frustration and disaster. You need to stand up against the polluting units. It will take another 50 years if the task is left to you.”
The court has asked the tribunal to file a status report every six months on actions taken to control industrial pollution. It posted the case for further hearing on December 10 to pass orders to curb domestic effluents.

National Green Tribunal asked to file status report every six months

Teen Sal Mein Sudh Ho Sakti Hai Yamuna (Dainik Jagran, 30 Oct 2014)

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