Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court came down heavily on the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) for failure to curb pollution in the Sabarmati river.
The HC pointed out that the Centre had allocated Rs 200 crore for stopping pollution in the river. Yet, the situation has only worsened, the division bench of Justices JB Pardiwala and Vaibhavi Nanavati observed.
The court suggested that surprise inspections should be made at units polluting the river.
The court is hearing a suo motu petition on rampant pollution in the Sabarmati river on account of effluents and untreated sewage.
The Joint Task Force (JTF) that had been set up by the HC in September this year to look into the matter, submitted that neither were the treatment plants functioning properly, nor was there any monitoring system in place. It opined that the treatment plants should be constantly monitored.
The HC bench had, during an earlier hearing, said that industries found flouting norms or illegally releasing effluents should be barred from participating in trade fairs, public-private partnership events, etc. It had observed that there was a need for a decentralized approach to save the rivers of Gujarat, making it clear that collective responsibility would like with industrial estates and industries located within the vicinity of each other.
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