Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Apr 7:
The Odisha High Court on Monday issued a suo motu notice to the Odisha government in connection with the pollution of Brahmani river and its tributaries.
A division bench of the court comprising Justice Indrajit Mohanty and Justice SC Parija issued notice to the chief secretary, secretaries of Industries, Water Resources, Revenue, Mines, and Forest and Environment departments, the collectors of Angul, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda and Jajpur districts and the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) to file an affidavit on the action taken by them to curb pollution in Brahmani river by May 9 next.
The directive of the court came following a report in the media about the alarming pollution in Brahmani river—the second largest river of Odisha—followed by a letter from a well-known intellectual of the state to the court, seeking its early intervention in this regard.
As per the case records, several newspapers had come up with reports on the acute pollution of Brahmani river and its tributaries.
The reports had stated that several river side industries were releasing their waste water to the river while some other industries were dumping their industrial waste in the river. This had resulted in massive pollution in the inhabited areas alongside the river.
Besides, there were also the reports that at some places, the river has been blocked due to dumping of huge quantities of industrial waste.
Acting on the reports, a well-known intellectual, in a letter, had appealed the High Court to intervene in the matter and direct the state government to take urgent measures in this regard.