River Pollution: Parliamentary Panel for Heavy Penalty

Published: 12th December 2014 05:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2014 05:58 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: A parliamentary committee has recommended to the government heavy penalty ranging from Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 10 crore for those polluting water and to enact a comprehensive legislation on water after evolving a broad national consensus to bring water in Concurrent list.

The Public Accounts Committee under Congress MP K V Thomas in its report on ‘Water Pollution in India’ tabled in the Lok Sabha also called for formulating an over-arching national legal framework for effective water management, conservation, development and equitable distribution.

While observing that the maximum penalty in case of water pollution under Water Act 1974 was limited to a mere Rs 10,000, the committee opined that such an undeterring penalty provision coupled with a  highly tolerant inspection regime of the pollution boards has encouraged pollution.  

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