News By/Courtesy: Neha Goyal | 09 Jan 2019 21:31pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SC estrained the Karnataka government from pumping secondary treated water from its sewage treatment plants of Banglore into the irrigation tanks in Kolar district to recharge the ground water there.
  • Government was carrying out this activity under its “K & C Valley Project” which aims to pump 400 million liters of secondary treated or reclaimed water everyday
  • The scheme was challenged by a local resident saying that secondary treated water cannot be pumped to recharge ground water because it is heavily contaminated with toxic metal.

Taking note of a report which hinted towards the contamination of water, the Supreme Court on Monday restrained the Karnataka government from pumping secondary treated water from its sewage treatment plants of Banglore into the irrigation tanks in Kolar district to recharge the ground water there.

The Supreme Court has stayed the decision of Karnataka High Court which allowed the Karnataka government to pump this water form sewage treatment plants to the irrigation tanks in Kolar district. Government was carrying out this activity under its “K & C Valley Project” which aims to pump 400 million liters of secondary treated or reclaimed water everyday from Koramangala, Challaghatta Valley and Belanduru Sewage Treatment Plants to fill 126 Minor Irrigation Tanks of Kolar and Chikballapura Districts. 

The scheme was challenged by a local resident saying that secondary treated water cannot be pumped to recharge ground water because it is heavily contaminated with toxic metal. He presented a report prepared by the Energy and Wetlands research Group, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore which showed that "secondary treated water have been contaminated with higher heavy metals, high nutrients, higher Biochemical Oxygen Demand and Chemical Oxygen Demand".

The SC Bench comprising of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Paul stayed the ordered of the HC accepting the submission of the petitioner that HC gave the order just on the unilateral report submitted by the government. The petitioner also said that the sewage treatment plants are not equipped with the technology that would neutralize the industrial effluents and harmful chemicals which flow into the plants from all the corners of the city. 

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 09 Jan 2019 21:34pm IST


Tags : #Karnataka #HC #Secondary #Water #Irrigation #SC

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