NGT directive against letting sewage into Buckingham Canal

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) Southern Bench on Wednesday directed the district administration to monitor and prevent parties from letting sewage into the Buckingham Canal.

A file photo of the Buckingham Canal in Chennai.

When a plea filed by Jawaharlal Shanmugam regarding effluents being let into Buckingham Canal came up for hearing before Justice P. Jyothimani and expert member R. Nagendran, also directed the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) to file a status report on the action taken against offenders till date. Special Government Pleader Abdul Saleem said that the problem was with the capacity of sewage pipes and pumping station, which was “not adequate” and action was being taken to increase them.

When Mr.Shanmugam pointed out that lorries were decanting sewage into the Canal, Mr. Saleem said replied that around 400 lorries were decanting sewage in the treatment plant daily and steps were being taken to stop illegal letting out of sewage into the canal. The Bench further directed the authorities concerned to take action against those vehicles and seize them.

The matter was further posted for hearing on April 18.