Guwahati/ 18th September’2017 (Prag News Desk): The Kolkata-based Eastern Zone (EZ) Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to produce the original map of Guwahati city which would include the Deepor Beel.
The concrete proposal for mitigation of the problem caused by the railway track by disturbing the existing elephant corridor.The NGT Bench has also impleaded the Secretary to the Ministry of Railways as a respondent (No. 9) in the case filed by RTI-cum-environment activist Rohit Choudhury (Original Application No. 19/2014/EZ, Rohit Choudhury versus Union of India and Others) in its September 14, 2017 order.
In the same order, the NGT Bench has further observed that the need for seeking environment clearance for the municipal solid waste (MSW) management facility within the Deepor Beel is “unavoidable in the present case, and, therefore, steps taken in this direction shall also be indicated on the next date.” It has fixed November 23 as the next date for the case.
The NGT Bench has also added that apart from the original map of Guwahati, the State respondents and the GMDA should also produce the map indicating the present demarcation of the wetland’s boundary said to have been carried out.
It directed the State’s authorities concerned to verify on the extent of encroachments made into the Deepor Beel too with reference to the revenue records.
Moreover, rampant encroachments of the water body by various constructions, which were either industrial establishments or hotels of varying sizes or residential buildings, etc., were also noticed during the visit besides the absence of an MSW dumping unit.
The NGT bench also expressed displeasure with the submission of the NF Railway (Respondent No. 8) where it was stated that it not possible to construct an over-bridge in the stretch where the railway track has passed near the Deepor Beel due to the geographical location of the area.