NGT Issues Notice To Yogi Government Over Groundwater Water Contamination Forcing Children To Drink Unhygienic Water
NGT Issues Notice To Yogi Government Over Groundwater Water Contamination Forcing Children To Drink Unhygienic Water.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sent a notice to UP Pollution Control Board and District Magistrate of Sambhal condemning the high levels of groundwater pollution in the region, forcing children to drink unhygienic water.
The notice was sent citing an earlier plea by retired scientist Dr Chandra Vir Singh, which highlighted the concerns over drinking water of being heavily contaminated.
The NGT has asked them to file their response before the next date of hearing on the issue.
The environment regulatory board has also claimed that children in the region are forced to drink heavily contaminated groundwater, causing severe health issues.
The NGT had earlier issued notices to the state Jal Nigam, asking why penalties should not be imposed on them for their incapability to provide clean drinking water in Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat and Saharanpur districts.
It also took cognisance of the fact that people were forced to drink polluted water due to inaction by the Uttar Pradesh government in resolving the issue.
In view of the procrastination, the green tribunal also summoned the district magistrates and chief medical officers of Bhagpat, and the managing director and chief engineer of UP Jal Nigam.
This is not the first time that the NGT has pulled up the state government, Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam and the UP Pollution Control Board for putting the lives of innocent children – residing in these villages – at risk.