Save Kochi Campaign has been initiated by The Kochi Post to highlight the deploring situation of the Periyar river and its impact on the drinking water system in Kochi. We will be running a series of articles under the campaign, along with other awareness events.
The Kochi Circuit Bench of the National Green Tribunal, comprising judicial member Justice M.S. Nambiar and expert member Prof. A.R. Yousuf, on Friday came down heavily on the Kerala State Pollution Control Board for its easy going attitude in the matter of pollution of the Periyar. The Tribunal observed that, “Nobody can dispute the precarious position of the river Periyar for the last several years, as a consequence of the lethargic attitude of the Kerala State Pollution Control Board as well as the utter violation to the pollution control measures by the industries situated on the banks of the river Periyar.”
The Tribunal added, “Some drastic action is to be taken to restore the river to its pristine form. We feel that it is necessary in the interest of justice to direct a team headed by a senior officer of the Central Pollution Control Board and senior officers of the Kerala State Pollution Control Board to inspect all the industries situated on the banks of river Periyar, the quantum of sewage and the effluents generated as well as the efficacy of the effluent treatment plants and also whether the effluents being discharged into the river are within the prescribed parameter and to submit this report on or before 29/09/2016.”