Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding encroachment of Yamuna floodplain, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, 16/02/2023

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Behari Lal Chaturvedi Vs Ministry of Jal Shakti & Others dated 16/02/2023.

Grievance in the application is against encroachment of Yamuna floodplain by Yamuna Mission, Mathura. It was stated that "though ostensibly it is acting to preserve and clean river Yamuna and also undertaking plantation drive, in the garb of such activities, Yamuna floodplain is being encroached".

The report filed by the Joint Committee, July 8, 2022 informed the court that pucca constructions constructed by Yamuna Mission on Kans Tila, Gau Ghat have been removed. Yamuna river water quality monitoring is performed monthly at 9 places of river at Mathura. As per observation, river water quality is more deteriorated as river enters district Mathura and it slightly improves as river passed through Mathura district.

The NGT directed further measures to be continued by the joint committee till the remedial measures for protection of flood plain zone are completed which has to be completed preferably within six months.