Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding heavy withdrawal of water from Yamuna affecting the river, 04/12/2023

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kamlesh Singh Vs State of Uttar Pradesh dated 04/12/2023.

The application is registered on the basis of the letter petition wherein a grievance has been raised that Kishanpur canal is extracting 420 cusec water from river Yamuna for irrigation purpose and 96 cusec water is utilized by Bara Thermal Power Plant, 80 MLD water by Nagar Nigam, Meja & Karchana municipalities 54 MLD and NTPC Meja 90 cusec water. The grievance is on account of such withdrawal of water, water scarcity is created in River Yamuna and River Ganga in Prayagraj as a result of which, the very organization of Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela will be difficult in the next 20 years.

The NGT, December 4, 2023 in response to the petition directed that notices be issued to the officials of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC); Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board; District Magistrate Prayagraj; Bara Thermal Power Plant among others. The respondents have been directed to file their response within eight weeks.