NGT directed BMC to clean Shahpura lake manually
News credit-Rageshwari Ganguly, TOI September 13, 2013:
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on September 12 directed Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) to get the Shahpura Lake cleaned up manually. Further directives will be issue on the basis of the compliance report.
The order was issued by the central zonal bench, Bhopal comprising Justice Dilip Singh and expert P S Rao while hearing a petition filed by environmentalist Dr Subhash C Pandey.
The BMC authorities were directed to clean the lake in different phase, starting with removal of garbage within two-weeks.
Dr Pandey had produced sample test report and photographs of the lake during the hearing which lasted for 90 minutes. He convinced NGT that the lake at Shahpura has turned into a sewage pond comprising dangerous chemicals and solid wastes, over the years.
Besides BMC, the state pollution control board, housing and environment department, public health engineering (PHE), and MP tourism Development Corporation have also been made respondents in the case.
The NGT also asked the BMC authorities to discontinue commercial activities around the lake and asked other agencies to make joint efforts instead of shifting onus on each other. NGT reminded the respondents through their counsel that they have already contempt supreme court ruling by neglecting conservation of the lake.
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