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National Green Tribunal want Telangana to follow rules

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: May 4, 2015 | Updated on: Invalid date

Process on despite injunction by NGT, say activists

The Austrian team takes samples at the Hussainsagar in the city on Sunday. (Photo: DC)

The Austrian team takes samples at the Hussainsagar in the city on Sunday. (Photo: DC)

Hyderabad: Environmentalists on Sunday demanded that the state government should immediate comply with the National Green Tribunal order that passed an injunction on the dewatering of the Hussainsagar till further orders. They wanted the government to list measures it would take to conserve and clean up Hussainsagar.

Environmentalists and members of Save Our Urban Lakes said that despite the NGT-Southern Region order passed on Friday, dewatering was continuing.

"The Telangana government is committing contempt of court since May 1," said Ms Lubna Sarwath, co-convener, SOUL.

"Earlier attempts to clean the Hussainsagar, including the JICA-aided project, contributed in creating 10 hectares of land. Such acts raise doubts on the intention of the government’s plan to clean and retain Hussainsagar as a water body," Ms Sarwath said.

Apart from compliance with the NGT order, environmentalists demanded that there should be no diversion of contaminated water.

The government had been ignoring expert opinion on reviving Hussainsagar without emptying it. Experts wanted pollution from drains stopped.

Review and evaluation of all earlier works done on Hussainsagar clean-up should also be carried out by an independent body, SOUL demanded.

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