Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 4:
The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Kolkata, has sought a status report from the Odisha government and Odisha State pollution Control Board (OSPCB) on indiscriminate use of plastic and polythene in the famous Gupteswar cave temple in Koraput district.
Admitting a case filed by Bidyut Mohanty from Koraput, the Tribunal directed the state chief secretary and the OSPCB to submit the status report on August 31.
The petitioner had informed the Tribunal that the temple and its periphery areas are usually littered with heaps of plastic bottles and polythene carry bags used by the Bol Bam devotees who throng the temple during the month of Shravan to pour holy water on Lord Siva.
Though local organisations like the Durua Samaj, Gupteswari Mahila Sangha and Ramgiri have urged the state government to declare Gupteswar as a plastic-free zone and make arrangements for garbage management, no steps have been taken on the demand till date.
“The natural beauty of Gupteswar and Ramgiri forest area will be at stake if the use of plastic and polythene is not checked at the earliest,” the petitioner had contended.