Filth discharged from floating huts polluting Tehri Lake, authorities snort

NationalFilth discharged from floating huts polluting Tehri Lake, authorities snort

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Sub-divisional magistrate Apoorva Singh, who investigated the case, pointed out several flaws in the floating huts, but the administration remains kind to the company Lee Rai that operates those huts.

Even today, the filth of the toilets of those huts is discharged into the Bhagirathi river.

The administrative machinery has turned a blind eye to the filth emanating from the floating huts in the Tehri Lake in Uttarakhand. Sub-divisional magistrate Apoorva Singh investigated the case. She pointed out several flaws in the floating huts, but the administration remains kind to the company Lee Rai that operates those huts.

Even today, the filth of the toilets of floating huts is being released into the Bhagirathi. All the sewerage treatment plants of the floating huts are closed.

Lee Rai has also not provided any equipment to the employees for sewage disposal. The operation of floating huts in Tehri Lake is going on even after the investigation report found flaws.

Ignoring the investigation report, the floating huts are operated without the no-objection certificate (NOC) of the Pollution Control Board and without the registration of the tourism department. Floating huts operated in private public partnership mode.

Singh sent a report that dirty water from the kitchens of the floating huts was released into the lake, besides the sewage treatment plant (STP) of the floating huts was found out of order. Nearly 10,000-litre sewage water is discharged from 20 floating huts into the lake, but the boats on which the huts are made can take only 2,000 litres of sewage water to the treatment plant. Singh also wrote that the STPs are not operated at all. According to the inspection report, those who are operating the floating huts were found guilty of flouting norms.

Nevertheless, the Uttarakhand Tourism Department Council, in a letter to the district administration on October 18, allowed operation of the floating huts. The council did not even make any efforts to re-inspect those huts. The PCB has also not taken any action against those who are operating the floating huts and causing pollution to the river.

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