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Brahmani pollution: Odisha HC rejects state report, asks CPCB to do the job

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 15:

The Odisha High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to conduct a fresh study on pollution of Brahmani river and submit a report.

Orissa High CourtA division bench of the court, comprising Justice Injrajit Mohanty and Justice AS Parija issued the directive to the CPCB after it found the report of the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) in this connection unsatisfactory.

It is worthwhile to mention here that the Odisha High Court has filed a suo motu case following reports that the Brahmani and its tributaries are being polluted due to rampant chromite mining in the Sukinda area in Jajpur district.

The OSPCB, in its report submitted in the court, had stated that it had formed a five-member committee that had surveyed the Sukinda valley area for three days from April 22 to 24 last and studied the air and water pollution levels.

The committee, in its report, had observed that the chromite content in the river water is under manageable limits.

However, the court, expressing displeasure over the report, directed the CPCB to conduct a fresh study and submit its report.

The bench also directed the state government to bear all expenses towards the survey by the CPCB.

The survey would be conducted in the presence of the representatives of CPCB and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), the court directed.

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  1. The consideration by the Honorable High Court on pollution of Brahmani river due to rampant chromite mining in the Sukinda area of Jajpur district is very important. On the issue the direction of Hon’ble High Court to the Central Pollution Control Board to conduct a fresh inquiry report on air and water pollution levels instead of SPCB is also significant. There is no doubt that the State Pollution Control Board’s role is unsatisfactory and it has failed to take action in pollution affected areas despite complaints filed by the local people. The Brahmani pollution matter is a big example of how the OSPCB has been conducting itself in protecting the environment.

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