Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding encroachment and disappearance of the ponds in Kanpur Dehat district, Uttar Pradesh, 06/11/2023
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Meghraj Singh Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 06/11/2023.
In the application the issue relating to encroachment and disappearance of the ponds in Kanpur Dehat District has been raised. As per the tabulated details disclosed in the OA, in the data based survey of 2011-12 regarding fisheries in district Kanpur, Dehat there were total 1975 ponds, which have been reduced to 880 numbers only, therefore, 1095 ponds have disappeared on account of encroachment and contamination of water.
The report filed by the District Magistrate, Kanpur Dehat, November 6, 2023 said that 6612 ponds have been identified in which a total of 6516 ponds have been earmarked and the process of marking all the ponds could not be completed due to heavy rainfall in the area. Hence, further time has been requested.
As per report, qualitative monitoring of 1665 ponds in terms of DO and pH have been done but for completing that process also, further time has been requested. The report contains the remedial action plan for restoration of ponds in terms of maintaining water quality and restoring fisheries.
The report further discloses that the demarcation of ponds in Kanpur Dehat region are complete. The mapping and geotagging of ponds is also complete.
The NGT directed the District Magistrate, Kanpur Dehat to place on record in tabular chart form, the village wise details of the ponds which have been demarcated, mapped and geotagged in Kanpur Dehat region including their total area and extent of area, if any, encroached.
The District Magistrate is also directed to place on record, by way of separate tabulated chart, village-wise details of the ponds which are existing as per the Revenue record in Kanpur Dehat district. The NGT, November 6, 2023 directed that the identification and demarcation process of ponds be completed within two months and a comprehensive report along with the two tabulated charts as directed above, be filed by the District Magistrate, Kanpur Dehat before January 15, 2024.