New Delhi, Dec 5 :
The National Green Tribunal ( NGT ) today restrained any individual or agency from carrying out any construction on the Puri beach.The order came after the Tribunal was told that a sewage line has been built there by the Puri Municipality.
The NGT was also informed about the indiscriminate construction along the Puri sea beach by a petitioner Subhas Dutta who submitted a number of photographs to authenticate his complaint.
A bench headed by the NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar while passing the restraint order expressed displeasure over the fact that civic body had built a sewage line on the beach and observed that such activity could lead to disaster.
The NGT also directed the Puri Municipality to produce reports on how the sewage of the city is collected and treated and also if there is any definite plan to set up a sewage treatment plant. It also called for the layout plan of the drainage system in the city. The tribunal also noted that garbage is being dumped in open drains and other places within the city and also on the beach.
The NGT observed that the committee it had set up under the chairmanship of the state chief secretary to monitor the air and water pollution in the city had not dealt with the issue of sewage system in Puri in its interim report and asked it to submit a final report that should include sewage issues of the city by February 3, 2014.
The Tribunal also directed the committee to visit Puri and examine all environmental issues raised by the petitioner Dutta as well as in the report of the Odisha Pollution Control Board (OPCB).
Incidentally, the report of the OPCB which had studied the level of air and water pollution around the Puri Jagannath temple as well as in the city had revealed alarming facts that could produce devastating results.
The matter will come up for further hearing on January 15, 2014.