Court ensures water quality in Shillong

SHILLONG: The High Court of Meghalaya on Tuesday disposed of a PIL by giving a direction to ensure water quality in the city.
During the hearing on the matter on Tuesday, the government has sought six months’ time for ensuring the implementation of the recommendations of the Expert Committee on the matter.
The court directed that state authorities concerned will take all necessary measures for ensuring the implementation of the recommendations of the Expert Committee in its letter and spirit, preferably within a period of six months.
“If any extension shall be required, same will not be granted unless the authorities justify the same but we hope and trust that the authorities will not seek any further extension, because supply of safe drinking water has priority” the court said.  The court, however, said the Amicus Curiae can lay a motion in case the commitment for implementation of the recommendations within the time frame is not finalised.
Earlier, an affidavit filed on April 18 by Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board revealed that its officials had collected water samples on March 7 at four locations. After analysis, it was found to confirm to the acceptable limit of drinking water. Further, oil and grease could not be detected in the water samples.

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