The National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, on Monday took suo motu cognisance of a story published in The Hindu, about high levels of pollution at the beach near the Adyar estuary, and ordered the authorities to tender an explanation.

The story, published on October 25, ‘Beach at Adyar estuary strewn with trash, rubble’ stated that the area was highly polluted due to a delay in commissioning an eco-restoration project.

The report also said that visitors to the beach were forced to sit in the midst of garbage.

Beaches beyond the lighthouse towards Adyar, are filled with trash and have also become mosquito breeding sources.

The Chennai River Restoration Trust has not yet got coastal regulation zone clearance for the project, which was why the cleanup work has been delayed, the report said.

On reading the news item, the Bench, comprising its judicial member Justice M. Chockalingam and expert member R. Nagendran said, “The Tribunal is satisfied that it is a fit case to take suo motu cognisance of.”

The Bench ordered a notice to the principal secretary, environment and forests department, the secretary, public works department, principal chief conservator of forests and the commissioner, Chennai Corporation.

Posting the matter to November 11 for further hearing, the Tribunal directed the officials to tender their explanation on that day.

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