Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding death of crocodiles in Kala talab, Kota, Rajasthan, 23/03/2022
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of News item published in Times Now dated 05.03.2022 titled “Rajasthan: Over 50 crocodiles dead in a month due to construction and beautification activities in Kota’s Kala Talab” dated 23/03/2022.
The report filed by the District Magistrate, Kota, March 21, 2022 informed the court that an RCC drain is being constructed to prevent discharge of pollution in the pond. Domestic sewage is coming into the pond from the nearby residential colonies and there was no evidence of crocodile death in the pond. Further, the pond is not part of Chambal Crocodile Sanctuary and it is at a distance of 3.5 km from Chambal river.
The NGT directed the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board to undertake remedial action and the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) has been directed to ensure that no part of pond land is in any manner encroached. Catchment of the pond has to be demarcated for protection from encroachment and prevent disposal of sewage and solid waste into pond. The District Magistrate, Kota may ensure protection of the pond in coordination with the concerned departments and the DFO, Kota may also maintain vigilance against any damage to the wildlife habitat in question, the NGT order, March 23, 2022 said.