Who: National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
What: Bombay HC asked it to study River Godavari’s pollution during Kumbh Mela
When: 29 October 2015
The Bombay High Court on 29 October 2015 asked the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to study the pollution of River Godavari caused by the `Shahi Snaan’ (royal bath) events during the Kumbh Mela that began at Nashik on 24 July 2015.
The division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oak asked the NEERI to form a committee for this purpose and submit a report before 11 December 2015.
The High Court also directed the authorities not to release the water from Godavari any further as it might have been polluted after the Shahi Snaan.
The Court said that Maharashtra government and the Nashik Municipal Corporation shall take immediate measures to clean the water of Godavari.
The directions were given while hearing a PIL filed by Pune resident HM Desarda. The PIL alleges that pollution of river water during the Shahi Snaan days, which are considered auspicious to bathe in the river. It also challenges the government’s decision to release 1TMC water from upstream reservoirs for every Shahi Snaan.