River Kothari

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Overview:

Recently, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) to recover environmental compensation from Bhilwara municipal council for its failure to take action to remedy the pollution of River Kothari.

About River Kothari:

  • The Kothari River raises from the Aravalli hills near Devgarh in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.
  • This river joins the river Banas at Nandrai in Kotri tehsil.
  • The Meja dam on the Kothari river provides drinking water to the Bhilwara district.
  • The most open wells in villages near the Kothari river, which flows along the industrial belt, had chromium, lead, iron, zinc and sodium above the norms set by the Bureau of Indian Standards, Poisoned Water.

Key facts about the National Green Tribunal (NGT)

  • The National Green Tribunal has been established under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010.
  • New Delhi is the Principal Place of Sitting of the Tribunal and Bhopal, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai shall be the other four places of sitting of the Tribunal.
  • NGT is mandated to make disposal of applications or appeals finally within 6 months of the filing of the same.

What is the composition of NGT?

  • The Tribunal comprises the Chairperson, the Judicial Members, and Expert Members.
  • They shall hold office for a term of 5 years and are not eligible for reappointment.
  • The Chairperson is appointed by the Central Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of India (CJI).
  • A Selection Committee shall be formed by the central government to appoint the Judicial Members and Expert Members.
  • There are to be at least 10 and a maximum of 20 full-time Judicial members and Expert Members in the tribunal.

 


Q1) What is Aravalli famous for?

The Aravalli range is famous for its rich natural resources and numerous peninsula rivers like Banas, Luni, Sakhi. This region is also famous for heavily forested consisting of large areas of sand and stone and of masses of rose-coloured quartzite.
Source: Bhilwara: NGT calls local body’s inaction to control pollution of Kothari river ‘tragic’; RSPCB to recover compensation