Rihand Reservoir

SC Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey filed a petition in NGT seeking cancellation of license of Reliance owned Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project, for deliberately throwing garbage in the Rihand Reservoir. This is the only source of potable water for Singrauli and Sonebhadra districts in MP and Up respectively. He had previously approached NGT intending to implement an action plan to restore the environmental quality of the area. Thereafter, a High-Power Committee, which was directed to submit a periodical report on the aforementioned subject, every three months. The current petition claims that industries such as the respondents continue to dump fly ash, toxic residue and other solid industrial waste into the reservoir, consequently damaging the health of the people in its vicinity.

This seems to be the third fly ash breach in the past year including the Essar Mega Power Plant breach and NCTP Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station leak. The petition claimed the breach cause excessive fluoride concentration in the water, causing tumors, skeletal fluorosis and several other health hazards. The petitioner seeks the removal of all industrial waste from the reservoir along with the cancellation of the license. The petitioner also urged the tribunal invoked the “Polluter Pays principle” and ask the respondent to install a Reverse Osmosis plant at the reservoir to aid the supply of drinking water. It further sought the respondent be directed to pay adequate environment damages for causing pollution and restore the environment. Additionally, it pays damages to affected persons. Further, it prays that relevant authorities formulate requisite guidelines to secure a proper system to check the disposal of industrial waste by the industries functioning in that area.

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