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Tribunal heat on power plant

 

28th Novemeber, Times of India,  Kolkata

KOLKATA: The eastern zone bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), on Thursday, gave authorities of the Bakreswar Thermal Power Project (BkTPP) 15 days to clean up the banks and beds of the Chandrabhaga and Bakreswar rivers. Should the riverbeds and banks not be cleaned by then, the NGT may order closure of the power plant as it is responsible for discharge of fly ash into the two rivers.

 

A team of experts from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will also visit the spots after 15 days to ascertain if a thorough job has been done. The experts will then file a report with the NGT. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) will also submit a report on the situation.

 

The NGT was hearing an application by green activist Subhas Datta against the dumping of fly ash into the Chandrabhaga and Bakreswar rivers. Datta also submitted photographs that revealed how fly ash has fouled the water of the two rivers at the points where fly ash flowed in. This has caused trouble for local villagers as they can no longer use the water for harvesting crops or drinking, the environment activist claimed. He also produced photographs showing stretches of land that have turned hard as concrete due to the fly ash. After hearing the matter, the NGT had directed the chief secretary to file a report. This was submitted a couple of days ago.

 

In this report, the state government has admitted that fly ash is fouling the water.