Published On : Thu, Jul 5th, 2018

Minister clarifies on Kanhan River contamination

Nagpur: On the second day of Monsoon Session, total 52 questions were included in the Question Hour on various subjects including school education, sports and youth welfare, higher and technical education, Marathi language, cultural affairs, minorities development and Waqf, and other departments.

Out of the 52 questions, one was related to Ramtek Assembly constituency and four questions were on Vidarbha issues.

Ramtek MLA Mallikarjun Reddy raised the issue of Kanhan River water contamination following toxic chemicals being released by Nagardhan-based Suryalaxmi Cotton Mill, NTPC and other nearby companies.

The Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, in a written reply, informed Reddy that his department had received a complaint in this regard from Mauda Nagar Panchayat on March 8, 2018. On the basis of this complaint, a team of officials made inspection on March 21 and also held discussions with concerned authorities. The team found the allegations baseless. On the other hand, the officials witnessed the households in Mauda Nagar Panchayat releasing filthy water into Kanhan River without proper treatment process. Subsequently, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board was apprised about the issue which in turn issued show cause notice to Mauda Nagar Panchyat on June 21, 2018.