Municipal bodies to ensure water bodies remain free from encroachments

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 May 2017 12:16:04

Staff Reporter,

In a bid to preserve water bodies now emphasis is being given for providing necessary infrastructure and assistance to the local bodies firstly in respect of prevention of discharging of sewage into the lakes which is a major source of pollution.

Green Panel has already directed that the local body, municipal body and T&CP Department shall ensure that encroachment if any in the area of the water body lake needs to be removed by following the procedure laid down under the law. At the same time all future permissions must ensure that no obstruction on the inlets from the catchment area to the water body for the free flow of storm water is allowed to be caused. Besides any sewage etc. which may at present be coming into such water bodies shall be treated and steps for treatment of the same would be taken by installation of remedial measures. The T&CP Department as well as the Urban Development and Environment Department may issue necessary circulars and guidelines drawing the attention of this order to all the local bodies as well as any previous order and circular that may be in force in the State.

.Earlier concerned with encroachments issues the bench also asked from the State as well as EPCO to submit detail report.A list of 270 water bodies in Madhya Pradesh have been identified in 48 districts of Madhya Pradesh which is likely facing threats of encroachments.

National Green Tribunal has directed EPCO (Environmental Planning & Coordination Organisation)to submit district wise status report of these lakes with their description including Khasra Nos., the area of the lakes as per the revenue record, the present status indicating FTL levels and encroachments.
Apart from the above details map showing the inlet courses from the catchment area and the encroachments if any obstructing the flow of the water into such lake shall also be indicated.