Ranchi, Aug. 27: Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday directed Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) to formulate a policy to dispose of heaps of coal accumulated on the banks of Damodar in Chatra, which is poisoning the river.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice S. Chandrashekhar was hearing a PIL filed by one Suresh Oraon on river pollution and damage to buildings and houses in Kusum Tola village of Chatra due to blasts carried out during mining activities in the Purnadih mines run by CCL. Having decided to take up the matter on a daily basis, the bench will again hear the case on Thursday.
Government counsel Rajesh Shankar informed the court that the quarries of the mines were only 100 metres from the river and in some places they were as close as 50 metres.
The coal major has constructed a makeshift road across the river with coal dust and stones so that trucks can ply on that to carry coal across the water body, the advocate added.
Shankar showed some pictures taken by Chatra DC Hans Raj Singh, who has also filed a detailed report, to substantiate his claims.
The bench also pulled up Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board for not keeping a check on the coal major.