Devika at Purmandal

Please refer the news item titled “Governor’s Admn all set to implement NGT’s Guidelines” published in DE of of 14th Oct 2019. In this context I would like to draw the attention of the readers towards holy river “Devika” commonly known as Gupt Ganga manifesting in its visible form at Purmandal attracting lakhs of devotees, tourists to take bath in its holy waters A few months back the illegal extraction of minor minerals in the Devika river bed as well as deforestation in upper reaches causing grave threat to its sanctity raised eyebrows of many Departments / Agencies dealing with conservation of water resources,.
Resultantly, the State Water Resources Regulatory Authority and the State Pollution Control Board visited Purmandal and submitted detailed reports requesting the authorities concerned for maintaining overall cleanliness in the river bed which to the utter surprise was being used as a road / parking slot, and suggested some remedial measures like installation of STP of requisite capacity to stop discharge of sewage/waste water directly into the water body, imposition of complete ban on cremations beneath Shiva temple complex, removal of encroachments as well as imposition of prohibitions on illegal extraction of mines and minerals. The said reports also formed part of headlines of the print media.
Based on the news item of the DE issue of Ist May 2019 titled ” Save holy Devika” the Hon’ble Chairman , National Green Tribunal (SLC) while taking a suo moto cognizance in the matter called status report from the Deputy Commissioner Samba in regard to the implementation of SWM Rules in Samba district with special reference to the subject.
It may sound untrue but it is a fact that all the reports /references mentioned above have yielded no result on the ground and rather have formed part of feed and fodder of the dust bins. Now the perusal of the captioned news has generated a ray of hope of something good for the river Devika at Purmandal presently under the grave threat of losing sanctity.
Hoping best for river Devika at Purmandal.
J LBaru