The Telangana High Court granted the state officials a time of two months to begin escalating efforts in maintaining the Musi River and to file independent progress reports.
Observing the dirty Musi staring at the high court, the bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili concluded that all the claims of cleaning made by the state, GHMC, and pollution control board were just an eyewash.
M Padmanabha Reddy of the Forum For Good Governance had filed a PIL in 2016 which criticized the state of the Musi River and said that it had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes with drainage being let into it at many places.
As a result, the bench dismissed the state counsel’s assertion that the river is in the process of being cleaned, by saying, “Go and see it behind the High Court.”
Telangana High Court proposed that officials of the National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA) be appointed, with past experience in cleaning rivers, to revive the river. Special counsel for the state, A Sanjiv Kumar, had also informed the court that the state has already established the Musi Riverfront Development Corporation, which has also filed a counterclaim in this case.
In order to resolve this matter, the bench has ordered the high court legal services authority to engage in the matter and provide them with a detailed report about the state of the river and the measures taken to rejuvenate it.
“We want a detailed report that explains the current state of the river and the efforts of the state to rejuvenate it. You can take assistance from organisations that have prior experience in cleaning rivers,” the bench had stated prior to adjourning the case for the span of two months.
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