Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding Ramakkal lake pollution, Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu, 09/10/2023
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of In re: news report appearing in Express News Service dated14.09.2023 titled“Ramakkallake in TN polluted & emits foul smell, residents demand rejuvenation”. The application was registered on the basis of a news item published in the New Indian Express, September 14, 2023 which stated that pollution level has arisen in the Ramakkal lake with a foul smell causing distress to the nearby residents.
The news item also disclosed that a filtration unit has been set up but filter beds have not been functioning for the last eight months resulting in increased pollution level.
The counsel for the Central Pollution Control Board has also informed that the filtration unit is not working as a result of which the pollution in the lake has increased.
Taking serious view of the matter, the NGT directed constitution of a joint committee comprising of the nominee of the Regional Director, CPCB; Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board; Director, State Development Authority and the concerned District Magistrate. The joint committee will visit the site and ascertain the status of pollution in the Ramakkal Lake and will submit the action taken report before the next date of hearing.