HC asks MPCB, NMC to check Godavari pollution

Bombay High Court (HC) has asked Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to urgently check pollution in Godavari river that originates at Trimbakeshwar, a major pilgrim centre near Nashik.

A bench headed by justice Abhay Oka observed an affidavit filed by NMC on February 24 was general in nature and it was not satisfied with the steps taken to check pollution. The judges asked NMC to file another affidavit within three weeks listing concrete steps to clean Godavari.

The court was hearing a PIL by social worker Rajesh Pandit, who claimed garbage and untreated effluents were released in the river.

Besides, he said, many pilgrims visited Nashik and Trimbakeshwar, which houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas (temples) of Lord Shiva. People even visited Nashik to perform last rites and dropped pooja articles in Godavari, the PIL alleged. NMC should stop this by deploying guards on the banks at Nashik and Trimbakeshwar, it said.

The PIL suggested special pots be installed on the banks and devotees persuaded to deposit pooja articles in these. It also suggested NMC put up boards along the river warning that the water was not suitable for drinking. Posting the matter for hearing after three weeks, HC asked MPCB and NMC to monitor pollution in Godavari and take urgent steps to check it.

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