The Supreme Court has directed the Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board to in four weeks time file an affidavit, giving details of the steps taken on the implementation of recommendations made in the report, submitted by the National Institute of Hydrology, pertaining to groundwater contamination at Akolner Village, near Ahmednagar district.
A division bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Hemant Gupta, gave the direction while hearing an appeal filed by Indian Oil Corporation Limited, challenging an order of the National Green Tribunal. The tribunal had in 2014, while hearing an application filed by Santt Dasganu Maharaj Shetkari Sangh, alleging water contamination due to seepage in the storage tanks of petroleum companies, had issued several directions, to the authorities and company.
The pollution control board sought two weeks time to reply to the report submitted, which was granted. The bench also directed the board to conduct an inspection at the earliest to find out the present status of Petroleum Product contamination, at the Akolner Village. The court has adjourned the matter for further hearing after six weeks, directing that a copy of the appeal be given to the respondents.