Calcutta High Court on Thursday ordered the Eastern Railway to take all steps to free Ranijheel in Santragachhi, Howrah, of pollution.
The division bench of Justice K.J. Sengupta and Justice Ashim Kumar Mondal directed the divisional railway manager, Howrah, to take steps to remove garbage from the water body and stop discharging pollutants from the railway factory in the area. The bench also asked the railways to evict encroachers, who had taken over two-thirds of the water body.
“The encroached part of the water body has already been filled up. After removing the encroachers, Eastern Railway will have to restore the area to its original state,” the order said. Eastern Railway is the custodian of Ranijheel.
In another part of the order, the court directed the Howrah Municipal Corporation to take measures on a war footing to clean up 371km of open drains and 6km of covered ones across the southern part of the town — which lead to Ranijheel — by seven days.
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