The Bombay High Court Thursday directed National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to inspect and assess pollution levels in Godavari river as the Kumbh Mela is over now. The central agency’s experts have been directed to come up with immediate and long-term remedial measures to clean Godavari.
A PIL has stated that government authorities have regularly neglected to take appropriate action to prevent Godavari river pollution and sought directions to the respondents to clean the polluted river. A bench headed by Justice A S Oka has been considering the rising pollution levels in the river, especially during the Kumbh Mela. It has been keeping a close watch on all the developments related to the issue.
The court had earlier suggested that the state build artificial ponds for immersion. It had also asked the state to take decisions on pending proposals on implementing various schemes for cleaning the river.
Traditionally, the Kumbh Mela is held after every 12 years. As per the estimate of the state, lakhs of sadhus and devotees took the ‘holy’ bath on September 13, 2015.