SC restrains K’taka from pumping treated water for recharging Kolar groundwater table

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SC restrains K’taka from pumping treated water for recharging Kolar groundwater table

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 | PTI | New Delhi

The Supreme Court Monday restrained the Karnataka Government from pumping secondary treated water from its sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Banglore into irrigation tanks in Kolar district for recharging the groundwater table after taking note of a report claiming that the water was contaminated.

The apex court stayed the Karnataka High Court order by which the state government was allowed to pump the secondary treated water from Banglore-based STPs to the minor irrigation tanks situated in Kolar District for recharging the ground water table under as the K & C valley project.

A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul took note of the submission of lawyer Prashant Bhushan that the high court “overlooked” a report which had pointed out that the water, to be pumped for recharging the ground water table, was contaminated and had contained “higher heavy metals, high nutrients, higher Biochemical Oxygen Demand and Chemical Oxygen Demand”.

It also issued notices to the State Government and other Government bodies including Department of Minor Irrigation, Central Ground Water Board and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board on the plea of R Anjaneya Reddy, a resident of Chikkaballapura in Karnataka.    

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