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'Water release for 2015 Kumbh Mela was illegal'

AURANGABAD: The Bombay high courtroom recently put aside the state leader secretary’s order of January 28, 2016, retaining the discharge of water from the Gangapur dam within the Godavari river for “snan” or “shahi snan” (holy baths) throughout the 2015 Kumbh Mela in Nashik as utterly illegal and contrary to the 2003 state water coverage.

In the same order, the bench comprising Justice A S Oka and Justice M S Sonak directed the state government to amend its resolutions related to the flagship water conservation scheme, Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan (JSA), and River Rejuvenation Programme (RRP) through incorporating a scientific approach. The judgment was reserved on October 30, 2018 and pronounced on February 18 this 12 months.

H M Desarda, noted economist from Aurangabad, had raised the problem of water liberate from the dam for the Kumbh Mela in a petition related to scarcity and drought within the state. He also due to this fact challenged the unscientific approach of the government in implementing the JSA.

The bench noted that following the petition, the state government had constituted knowledgeable committee that made certain recommendations in regards to the JSA, which have been consistent with the issues raised through Desarda.

“The committee appointed through the government has taken into consideration the objections raised through the petitioner and accredited a minimum of two of his objections/suggestions. One is in regards to the necessity of adopting ridge-to-valley idea, second is that villages must no longer be the unit of planning for JSA,” the bench noticed.

The bench preferred Desarda, who seemed in particular person, for his efforts. “Some vital issues were raised through him. It was handiest on account of his patience that the committee was constituted. It has seemed into all aspects of JSA and RRP.”

While taking away the petition, topic to compliance inside of four months, the bench has directed the government to imagine “recommendations of the committee constituted underneath the government resolution dated May 31, 2017 to take final determination on the implementation thereof inside of a duration of three months from lately (February 18, 2019).”

The bench also directed the government to take a choice on the recommendations and increase a good roadmap for his or her implementation. The government movements have to be filed on record inside of a duration of 4 months in conjunction with a sworn statement.

The bench additional said that copies of the changed government resolutions, if any, must be produced in conjunction with the compliance affidavit. The petition has been indexed for June 17.

Points of competition

The petition contented that the Jalyukta Shivar scheme is being implemented through taking steps within the downstream areas first, which ought to were finished in spite of everything. The river beds and rivulets are being dredged in a highly unscientific approach. Besides, cement nala bunds (CNBs) are being put throughout such rivers/rivulets in an try to arrest the run off (of rain water). It is being finished to inflate the expenditure. Instead of adopting a holistic approach, the implementation of the scheme is “contract driven”.

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