Rajasthan High Court directs Authorities to look into Matter of Contamination of ‘Railmagra Dam’

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Shivani Gadhavi

Published On: Janauary 23, 2022 at 13:16 IST

The Rajasthan High Court on January 21, 2022 ordered the authorities concerned with ‘Railmagra Dam’ to examine and peruse the grievances of the Petitioners who have filed a plea in regards with contamination of the Dam.

The Rajasthan High Court Division Bench of Justices Vinod Kumar Bharwani and Sandeep Mehta was hearing a Writ Petition filed by three Petitioners in regards contamination of the ‘Railmagra Dam’ due to toxic affluents being discharged in the ground water of the dam by M/s Hindustan Zinc Limited.

The Petitioners contended that affluents discharged in the water are affecting the ground water resources and also the quality of the water of the dam that is being used by public. The Petitioners had gotten the water samples from the dam tested scientifically, wherein it was confirmed that the water is contaminated.

The Petitioners in this regard had earlier approached the offices of concerned authorities pertaining to the dam with their grievances relating to the contamination of the water, but did not get a response, due to which they took their plea to the Rajasthan High Court.

The Division Bench in this regard ordered the concerned authorities vis-a-vis the Chief Engineer of Water Resources Department, Government of Rajasthan, the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Rajsamand to look into the matter after they receive a copy of the Writ Petition.

The Bench stated, “Upon receiving the same, these authorities shall objectively examine the petitioners’ grievances and pass a reasoned order/ take appropriate action thereupon, within a period of two months from the date of submission thereof.”

The Division Bench while considering all the facts and observations disposed the plea and stated that if the Petitioners still have grievances after the concerned authorities have taken actions in this regard, then they are at the liberty to take the matter further for recourse.

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