Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding spillage of diesel and fly ash in the saline/brackish waters of Sundarbans, 18/11/2022
Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Dakshin Banga Matsyajibi Forum Vs Inland Waterways Authority of India & Others dated 18/11/2022.
The NGT, November 18 directed the Central Pollution Control Board to file its affidavit along with rules and guidelines for determination of environmental compensation for the damage caused to the environment due to spillage of diesel and fly ash in the saline/brackish waters of Sundarbans.
The court listed the matter for January 17, 2023.
Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum, working for the welfare of small scale and artisanal fishing communities dpendent upon the Hooghly river and the Sundarbans for their livelihood had filed the application before the NGT, Eastern Bench, Kolkata. The applicant said that frequent capsizing of barges carrying fly-ash on the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route which flows through the highly eco-sensitive and fragile Sundarbans in the State of West Bengal, has affected the riverine ecology.