SHILLONG: 1st July 2022 (PTI Source)
People who reside near the water bodies should be informed about their significance, according to the Meghalaya High Court.
In the Meghalaya High Court's directive, the state government has been directed to create a central program that will ensure that efforts are put in place with utmost seriousness to keep all water bodies free from debris and litter and ensure their cleanliness in the right interest.
On Monday, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that persons who live near these water bodies should be informed about the need to keep them clean.
The court urged that this initiative be taken up seriously and, for starters, all water bodies are to be kept litter-free and clean, and residents residing around them be made aware of the need to keep waterways in their cleanest state.
In relation to the plan, 75 water bodies in each district with a minimum poundage area of one acre will be rejuvenated, including ecological and productive utility restoration, according to the government.
The court also required the state government to submit an affidavit regarding the scheme's status.
The court, on the other hand, stated that filth near the Umiam lake is apparent.
“Future efforts should be made to prevent revellers from getting out of hand and to provide appropriate disincentives so that plastic, trash, or other waste are not carelessly tossed into the water," it added.
On the 26th of July, the court will take up the case for the third time.