Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Assembly committee takes departments to task for pollution violations

Seraikela, Jan 10: The assembly committee on environment and pollution control in a meeting chaired by Ichagarh MLA Sabita Mahato has different departments 15 day time to rectify the irregularities detected during the review meeting held on Sunday at Seraikela Circuit House.

The committee also directed the departments to submit progress report for the fiscal between 2017-18 and 2019-20 within 15 days.

Addressing medial the committee members told that several glaring anomalies in environment and pollution control violation have been noticed of different departments and the officials have been asked to rectify it and submit a report within a month to the committee.

The team members were not happy at the Seraikela Nagar Panchayat executive office Rajiv Ranjan over waste collection being stopped in the area for nearly two months and directed him to start waste collection in the area within a week and asked to resolve the controversy over site of waste plant recycling within a month and threatened to start departmental proceedings against the executive officer if the controversy over waste recycling plant site issue is not resolved within the said period.

Directive was also issued to the drinking water and sanitation department official to repair the tubewells using the funds of 15th Finance commission and also install new tubewells wherever needed.

The team asked the district administration to take action against companies like Narsingh Ispat, Amalgam Steel, Jai Mangla Sponge Iron, Tata Steel Long Product and Siddhi Vinayak among others for complaints regarding environment laws violation. The road construction department was directed to plant new trees in place of trees felled for road widening and road construction work.

The forest department was asked to submit a report on the number of trees planted and what is the status of the trees and was also directed to pay compensation for the crops damaged by wild animals to the tribals at the earliest. The team also asked the transport department to identify and take action against those vehicle who cause pollution.

The team also inspected two crusher plants at Bengnadih over complaints of irregularities and spreading of pollution in both the plants which is adversely affecting cultivable lands in the  nearby villages and directed the mining officer and state pollution control board officer to take action and submit report to the committee at the earliest.

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