NGT slams UP Govt over delay in reach of piped drinking water in villages
| Wednesday | 12th August, 2020
These villages are situated in Meerut, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Ghaziabad.
The National Green Tribunal has slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for “gross negligence” after it was told that piped drinking water reached just four villages affected by contaminated groundwater in western Uttar Pradesh in the last one year.
Till July last year, the water had reached 41 villages out of the total 148 flagged by the green panel as they were situated close to the banks of polluted Hindon and its tributaries and prevalence of disease like cancer and bone deformity was high among its residents.
In the last hearing in July last year, the green panel had directed the state government to ensure that the supply of potable water reaches all the 148 affected villages. These villages are situated in Meerut, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Ghaziabad.
The NGT has now asked the government to expedite the process and provide piped water to the remaining 103 villages by December 31, 2020. The matter will be next heard on February 2, 2021.
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