Sunday, August 1, 2010

High Court asked to furnish facts -Polluted Water Supply to Villages in Maharashtra

Polluted Water Supply to 8,900 Villages in Maharashtra-High Court asked to furnish facts

Nagpur-Monday, August 1, 2010

The High court mumbai Nagpur bench of Jjustice Sharad Boabade and Justice Arun Choudhri has ordered the Maharashtra Government to test the water samples of Yavatmal to find out whether it is fit for drinking and other purposes. The court has also made Yavatmal Zilla Parishad a respondent in the petition filed by social worker Kishore Tiwari after 52 Kolam tribals died of starvation in Yavatmal . directives came after the petitioner claimed that water in the entire district is acidic in nature. During the last hearing, Yavatmal collector assured the court that piped water will be provided in 159 villages.

Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) has moved The High court mumbai Nagpur bench against recent official report of the State health department which has issued red cards to 8,901 village panchayats, which were found supplying contaminated drinking water to than 1.2 billion rural population mostly tribal and backward class and deprived masses .VJAS in the petition before state human right panel has urged The High court mumbai Nagpur bench to order to criminal proceeding against concerned officers responsible for making killer drinking water available and forcing the more than 1.2. billion people to drink toxic contaminated water resulting in health hazard and disease like astroflorosis,paralysis and renal and anartic disease is nothing but the offense under culpable homicide and stringent action is needed to save life the innocent people who are drinking contaminated water due to failure of state administration,Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) has informed in a press release today.

As per report Village panchayats in Yavatmal district have received the highest number of red cards. Of the total 1205 village panchayats in this district, 986 have been issued red cards

Nanded, the home district of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, has won the dubious distinction of receiving the second highest number of red cards in the state.Of the total 1,313 village panchayats in the district, 784 have serviced the red card for supplying contaminated water.In Latur district of ex-Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is ranking third in the state as 722 of the total 787 village panchayats have received the red cards.

















The State health services Medical Officer Dr Sachin Desai offcially informed that

'The State government conducts inspection of sources of drinking water in the State twice a year. The first survey is conducted from October to December. The second survey is conducted from April to May.

During the survey, the health department personnel conduct inspection of cleanliness in 15 metres distance area from the sources of water. Based on this finding, the health department issues red, yellow and green cards to the village panchayats.Village panchayats supplying pure drinking water to local residents are issued green cards and the bodies supplying contaminated water are issued red cards. The village panchayats having defective water supply system are issued yellow cards.

The health department had issued red cards to 8,901 of the total 28,262 village panchayats in maharashtra which is highest in rent years ,

earlier too state administration submitted affidavut in mumbai high court Nagpur bench that administration has been trying to mske available safe drinking water to tribal villages in vidarbha and yavatmal district in particular where as state health department survey and inspection report has exposed the false claim of local administration. VJAS has drawn attention of mumbai high court at time of hearing of PIL regarding tribal starvation death in which Govt. action taken report(ATR) is awaited .Now State Aministration will have take fresh smaples of drinking water in all vilages reported in PIL and will submit the action taken report(ATR),Tiwari added.


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