A committee from the National Green Tribunal will look into river contamination in Odisha.

Commission to investigate alleged release of untreated effluents from two chromite mines into the Damshala rivulet that flows into the Brahmani river . Commission will visit the site of both the mines and inspect to check for violations of environmental laws .

CUTTACK: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed a commission to investigate the alleged uncontrolled release of untreated effluents from two chromite mines under Jajpur tehsil into the Damshala rivulet that flows into the Brahmani river.Since the river has been the primary source of water for settlements and villages that have erupted around it, the issue of pollution has arisen.Around 20 perennial springs sprouting from the Daitari protected forest area and 19 springs from the Mahagiri protected forest area join Damshala as the rivulet crosses the mining belt and falls into the Brahmani by joining the Kharkhari nullah.In reaction to a petition put forward by Amiya Pandab, the East Zone Bench in Kolkata formed the commission on Wednesday.

The bench of B Amit Sthalekar (judicial member) and Saibal Dasgupta (expert member) expected that the commission would visit the site of both the chromite mines and inspect to check for violations of environmental laws and conditions of permission to operate and then present its report with its observations and suggestions.If errors are discovered, the commission must also determine the environmental compensation and fasten liability against the violators.The committee will report within a month, according to the Bench, who also gave the order for listing the matter next Tuesday, November 7.According to the petition, there is no run-off collection and treatment facility in the majority of locations.