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NGT directs Punjab chief secy to take steps for protection of river Sutlej floodplains

New Delhi, Could 27 

The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal has directed the Punjab chief secretary in coordination with the River Rejuvenation Committee to take remedial motion for the safety of the floodplains of Sutlej River in Ludhiana.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel stated there’s a want for shielding the floodplains of Sutlej River in Ludhiana in addition to the forest areas, following provisions of the Surroundings Safety Act and the Forest Conservation Act.

“Safety of forests is roofed by the statutory mandate of the FC Act and no non-forest exercise is allowed in forest areas with out statutory clearances, there is no such thing as a purpose to presume that the stated mandate can be ignored. Let the involved authorities look into this side and take additional motion as per legislation,” the bench stated.

The tribunal was listening to a plea filed by Punjab resident Kapil Dev in opposition to a proposed modification to the Grasp Plan of Ludhiana for growing a Fashionable Industrial Park within the forest space and on the flood plains of river Sutlej, in violation of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 (FC Act) and the Surroundings (Safety) Act, 1986 (EP Act).

In accordance with the applying, Fashionable Industrial Park (955.67 Acres) goes to be developed on land coming beneath floodplains and surrounded by deemed Forest and Sutlej River that are eco-sensitive zones. 

“The world is ‘no manufacturing zone’ as per the present Grasp Plan. Mattewara Reserve Forest space has been developed as Botanical & Butterfly Backyard (BBG Mattewara) in 2014-15. Thus, there’s critical menace to uncommon species of flora by any growth within the stated space,” the plea stated.

The NGT had earlier fashioned a Central Monitoring Committee to arrange and implement a nationwide plan to makeover 350 river stretches throughout the nation air pollution free because it has triggered a critical menace to the protection of water and the setting. 

The Central Monitoring Committee may even co-ordinate with the River Rejuvenation Committees of the states and oversee the execution of the motion plans, bearing in mind the timelines, budgetary mechanism and different elements.  PTI   

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