‘Clean Shyam & Radha Kunds or face penal action’- MVDA chief told by NGT

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In a landmark decision the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has held that the CEO of Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority (MVDA) faces threat of prosecution, payment of compensation as well as for imprisonment and stoppage of salary on account of his failure to take appropriate action in tackling polluted water of Radha Kund and Shyam Kund in Mathura.

Earlier, a report filed by the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has submitted a report to the Tribunal stating that the water of the two water bodies is unfit for consumption as these have been contaminated by discharge of sewage and domestic waste. The MVDA however did not perform its duty of cleaning the water bodies and informing the NGT about it.

“The NGT had also asked that explanatory boards be put up near these water bodies to prevent people from doing ‘Achman’ and religious rituals but that was also not done,” said Sushil Raghav the petitioner in the NGT.

“The contamination of these water bodies and disregard towards their cleansing shows the business of greed that has kept things running despite threat to peoples’ health and lives,” said Raghav.

However, the Tribunal gave an opportunity to hear the CEO and to appear before it on the next date of hearing- that is April 15-to do course correction, before coercive measures are taken against him. The SPCB also told the Tribunal that the compensation recovery from the MVDA is underway.

By Prasoon Pant