Ranchi, Aug. 26: The state today informed Jharkhand High Court that River Damodar, which crosses the Purnadih mines run by CCL in Chatra, had become highly polluted owing to mining activities carried out on its banks.
Following a probe order from the high court, Chatra deputy commissioner Hans Raj Singh compiled his findings along with pictorial evidence of ashen waters. The report also said that an embankment made by CCL to ferry coal had stopped the flow of the river.
Government counsel Rajesh Shankar today told the court that samples collected from three spots were sent to lab and analysis had confirmed that Damodar had been poisoned.
A division bench, hearing a PIL filed by a Chatra villager, had pulled up the JSPCB for not taking action. It had sought a report and summonsed CCL, DVC, Punjab State Power Corporation and Monnet Daniel Ispat.