NGT junks plea for demolition of 12 check dams in UP

NGT junks plea for demolition of 12 check dams in UP
NGT junks plea for demolition of 12 check dams in UP

The National Green Tribunal has dismissed a plea filed by a scientist seeking directions to demolish 12 check dams in western Uttar Pradesh on the grounds that they are allegedly contaminating ground water.

The green panel said there was no co-relation between construction of check dams and the alleged pollution in ground water.

“The pollution of water is an independent subject and would be in consequential upon construction or otherwise of the bunds.

“We are already dealing with the pollution of rivers in the independent application. We seek no reason to interfere,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The decision came while hearing a petition filed by retired scientist C V Singh, who had alleged that the analysis report of water samples near check dams showed heavy metals in excess of the prescribed limits.

The 12 check dams were constructed by the Department of Agriculture in 2004 to restore the ecological balance in the watershed in Baghpat and Shamli districts of Uttar Pradesh, the plea, filed through advocate Gaurav Bansal, had said.

“It is respectfully submitted that because of the seepage through said bunds (check dams) the contaminated river water is joining the groundwater of the said area and it is because of the said process that the groundwater is also getting highly contaminated.

“That the analysis report of the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam shows that the groundwater of the said area is not only contaminated but also contains heavy metals like iron, mercury, nitrate, cadmium, sulphide etc,” the plea had claimed.

( Source – PTI )

SC declines AP govt’s plea against Babhali barrage

The plea of Andhra Pradesh government has been declined by the Supreme Court which was against the construction of Babhali barrage by Maharashtra in Nanded district for utilising the water of Godavari river.

The apex court told, “On the basis of facts which have come on record, a case of substantial injury of a serious magnitude and high equity that moves the conscience of the court has not been made out by Andhra Pradesh justifying grant of injunction.

“In light of the above, we hold that Andhra Pradesh is not entitled to the reliefs, as prayed for, in the suit,” a bench of justices RM Lodha, TS Thakur and AR Dave told.

However, the bench constituted a three-member supervisory committee having one representative from the Central Water Commission (CWC) and one representative each from Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, with CWC representative being the chairman of the committee.

The committee has been tasked with supervising the operation of the Babhali barrage and to ensure Maharashtra maintains storage capacity of 2.74 TMC feet of water out of the allocation of 60 TMC feet given to the state for new projects under an agreement of October 6, 1975, between the two states.

Further, the bench said that the committee will look that “the gates of Babhali barrage remain lifted during the monsoon season, i.e, July 1 to October 28 and there is no obstruction to the natural flow of Godavari river during monsoon season below the three dams, Paithan, Siddheswar and Nizamsagar, towards Pochampad dam”.

The committee has to also ensure that “During the non- monsoon season i.e., from October 29 till the end of June next year, the quantity of water which Maharashtra utilises for Babhali barrage does not exceed 2.74 TMC feet of which only 0.6 TMC feet forms the common submergence of Pochampad reservoir and Babhali barrage and Maharashtra does not periodically utilise 2.74 TMC feet from time to time.”