New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Chief Secretary, Rajasthan to monitor further remedial steps to deal with the deterioration of ecology at and around Sambhar Lake, Jaipur.
The NGT was considering the report of the State Wetland Authority of June 23. The report stated that various steps have been taken to deal with the deterioration of ecology at and around the Sambhar Lake, Jaipur as per the March 17 order. The NGT observed that the problem of management of waste and sewage, removal of encroachment and disposal of sodium sulphate waste/sludge generated from salt refining units still remain to be fully tackled and directed the chief secretary, Rajasthan to monitor further remedial steps at least once every month and furnish a report of such monitoring to this tribunal before the next date of hearing.
The NGT took up this matter on the basis of a news item in The Hindustan Times of November 20, 2019 about the deterioration of ecology at and around the Sambhar Lake, due to which 18,000 migratory birds died last year. The NGT observed that “Sambhar Lake is said to be a Ramsar site of international significance.”
The court called a report from the State wetland Authority, Rajasthan of March 13. The report was considered by the Tribunal on March 17 and it was directed that “A comprehensive environment management plan may be prepared for preventing and remedying the damage to the environment. The concerned industries may be advised to adopt cleaner production approaches and encourage minimizing waste and waste exchange efforts. The secretary, environment, Rajasthan may oversee and coordinate action with all the concerned authorities at least once in a week”.
Read the order here;NGT
– India Legal Bureau