Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding NGT order banning supply of water to industries from Srivaikuntam anaicut, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, 11/01/2019
Order of the M/S Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation Ltd. Vs S. Joel & Others dated 11/01/2019 regarding NGT order banning supply of water to industries from Srivaikuntam anaicut, Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu. Attention of the Court is drawn to the problem faced by the Tuticorin Thermal Power Plant. Counsel of the Tuticorin Thermal Power Plant submits that subject to drinking water needs being met fully, permission should be granted for supply of any surplus water. The Court has also been assured of the fact that there shall be no drawal of ground water.
Supreme Court directs that the direction contained in the order of the Tribunal shall remain stayed insofar as the Tuticorin Thermal Power Plant is concerned, subject to the condition that drinking water needs are fully met. Apex Court further directs TWAD Board to file an affidavit before indicating:
(i) the extent of water which is available for distribution;
(ii) the water which is required to fully meet the drinking water needs; and
(ii) the surplus, if any, that is available.