Adyar, Cooum rivers pollution comes down heavily on TN govt with Rs 100 crore fine
The National Green Tribunal Wednesday slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore on the Tamil Nadu government over the inordinate delay in removal of encroachments along and prevention of pollution in Adyar and Cooum rivers of Chennai. During the video conferencing hearing, the bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also directed the state government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 100 crore and asked it to deposit the amount with the Central Pollution Control Board.
The green panel noted that out of the total 26,300 encroachments, only 408 have been evicted leaving the balance of 25,892 encroachments still to be dealt with. The tribunal had earlier directed the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary to look into the matter and ensure that the steps were taken on an urgent basis in the interest of the environment and the people.
The tribunal's order came while hearing a bunch of pleas relating to pollution of Adyar and Cooum rivers in Chennai and Buckingham Canal. The plea had alleged that there was the uncontrolled discharge of effluent from different industries and untreated sewage directly into the water, besides encroachment on the banks of the rivers by the construction of different structures.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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