NGT issues notice to Centre over insect attack on Taj Mahal

PTI
Published May 17, 2016, 12:25 am IST
Updated May 17, 2016, 6:42 am IST
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson issued notices to Ministry of Environment and Forests, Uttar Pradesh government and others.
National Green Tribunal (Photo: PTI)
 National Green Tribunal (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The rampant dumping of municipal solid waste in Yamuna near Taj Mahal leading to stagnation of water in the river and consequent formation of greenish-black pigments on the iconic white marble due to breeding of an insect has caught the attention of the National Green Tribunal which on Monday sought reply from the Centre on the issue.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to Ministry of Environment and Forests, Uttar Pradesh government, state pollution control board, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and others.

 

The order came on the plea of environment activist and Agra resident D K Joshi who has claimed that dumping of waste in Yamuna has led to stagnation of the river and “consequently the explosive breeding of an insect called ‘Chironomus Calligraphus’ (Geoldichironomus), which is a biological indicator of water quality and localised water pollution.”

Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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