Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has come down heavily on the department of Water Corporation in Kanpur on the issue of releasing polluted water of leather tanneries into the Ganga river. The court has sought explanation from the deapertment within two weeks on the same.

Pronouncing the order a division bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Arun Tandon asked, “Why should not the irresponsible officials of the corporation be prosecuted?

The court was also took a serious note of the sewage treatment plant malfunctioning.

While holding department of Water Corporation in Kanpur responsible for the menace, the court ordered the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to seize industries releasing polluted water in the Ganga.

The High Court not only asked the Board to conduct terrestrial monitoring but also to take action on the basis of its monitoring report so that the irresponsible officials could be held accountable in the next hearing for the case scheduled for July 15.
PCB lawyer H N Tripathi said that sewage treatment plants (STP) were found closed during initial monitoring.

Earlier a petition had been filed in the court against the release of polluted water into the Ganga directly from sewage channel gate. In this petition, Additional Advocate General S G Hasnain. S P Kesarwani, Shailesh and Rajeev Lochan appeared on behalf of the state government.

State government on Friday introduced a joint report of IIT and NERI team that said that the Central Leather Research Institute in Chennai has expertise in assessing the cost of replacing leather tanneries. Taking note of this report, the High Court ordered the state government to get a report prepared by the Research Institute on Kanpur leather tanneries.

(JPN/Bureau)