Ahmedabad - Others
HC to AMC: Prepare list of polluting industries
Justice J B Pardiwala of the Gujarat High Court has lashed out at industries dumping effluents in the Sabarmati without any remorse.
The court said release of industrial waste has affected 120-km stretch of the river to such an extent that it is as good as dead. It directed the authorities to take stern action against the culprits.
Saying that the state of Sabarmati in 1948 and today is much different, the court said, "Back then one could directly drink water by lifting it from the Sabarmati. Try doing that today.We want to see the river clean one day. If not 100%, let's make some difference by preventing illegal dumping of effluents in it."
It may be noted that the HC had taken suo motu cognisance of the pollution in Sabarmati, based on a news report published by Ahmedabad Mirror that sewage water was not treated properly at the Pirana Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) before being released in the river. The STP is maintained by private contractor DNP Infrastructure.
Issuing an order, the court said industries polluting the river should be taken to task by publishing names of their managing directors, directors, owners etc and AMC should prepare a detailed list. The court observed this while hearing submissions by amicus curiae Hemang Shah, environmentalist Rohit Prajapati, who is a member of Joint Task Force constituted by the HC and AMC counsel. The court will issue a detailed order on the issue later.
The AMC submitted to the court that they will conduct inspection of industries to ascertain the pollutants released by them. The Gujarat Pollution Control Board informed the court about severe staff crunch being faced by it.