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Critical pollution in Singrauli: Petition filed in NGT
ANANYA TRIPATHI | 29 Jul 2014

Pollution problems in the Singrauli- Sonbhadra area from industrial activities is a serious concern. The region has already been identified as a critically polluted area (CPA) by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

Several issues of water contamination was raised in a petition filed by SC lawyer Ashwani in a report submitted before NGT. Dubey has charged several companies with causing serious air, water and soil pollution in the Singrauli area.

As a result of rampant industrial waste being deposited in the catchment areas of rivers in the region, the ground water of Singrauli region has been tested laden heavily with mercury, arsenic and fluoride, resulting in severe health repercussions, impotency, infertility and handicap and fatalities among residents.

Despite orders from the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in New Delhi, UP government has not, so far, submitted a compliance report before the bench, with details of action taken to ensure availability of clean drinking water to nearly 120 villages in Sonbhadra, where water contamination has led to serious health disorders and deaths.

The NGT had, in its earlier orders on May 13, 21 and 28, directed the Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh governments, where a total of nearly 200 villages are affected to install reverse osmosis (RO) plants in the entire Singrauli region, regarded as one of the critically polluted zones of India. As an interim arrangement- until RO plants were installed- the tribunal had directed both states to ensure immediate availability of clean water through tankers or pipelines. 

While MP has already turned in a compliance report for the measures the state has taken to supply clean drinking water to about 80 affected villages in the Singrauli region of MP, UP has not, so far, followed suit. The matter has now been posted for further hearing on August 4.