Ranchi: Jharkhand High Court has issued contempt of court notice to the state government, Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA), Ranchi Municipal Corporation, Housing Board and State Pollution Board on the issue of Harmu River.


On the affidavit filed by state government on April 1, Chief Justice Bhagwati Prasad and Justice DN Patel commented, “State government makes tall talk in its affidavit but does nothing on ground.”
According to the affidavit, in the high level meeting, short and long term measures have been discussed to deal with the drinking water crisis and water sources problems. 


The affidavit also revealed that drinking water crisis is the result of below average rainfall in the state for the last two years.


Bhagwati Prasad also cited that the reason behind the below average rainfall should be mentioned in the affidavit.


However, ex-MLA and BJP leader, Saryu Rai in his intervention petition to High Court contradicted by saying that government has done enough regarding water crisis. Accepting his petition, Court directed him to give the suggestions in writing.


Court was reminded that in July 2003 after receiving a PIL, government was directed to remove the encroachment around Harmu River in Ranchi.


But, neither government nor agencies concerned have responded to this so far.
Assuming this as the contempt of court, all the parties concerned have been asked why not contempt suit should be filed against them.


Next hearing in the case will take place on April19. 


(JPN/Bureau)