HC directs State Government to submit ATR on Bramhani pollution

Bhubaneswar: Taking serious note of pollution in river Brahmani the Odisha High Court has directed the state government to submit an action taken report on pollution in river Brahmani, within two weeks.

Earlier the the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had submitted its report in a sealed cover before the division bench of the High Court comprising Justice Indrajit Mohanty and Justice S C Parija, on Friday.

It may be noted that High Court had suo motu registered a case in the matter following filing of a letter petition, based on media reports, highlighting high level of pollution in river Brahmani, its branches and other water bodies due to chromite mining in Sukinda valley as well as due to discharge of effluents by industries.

The High Court while directing that a copies of the Central body’s report be sent to the state government and the Odisha State Pollution Control Board, ordered the state government to file its action taken report within two weeks while fixing the next date of hearing in the matter after two weeks.