The Union Environment and Forests Ministry has been directed by the Delhi High Court to detect the pollution level in a water body formed in the midst of forest near the Tughlakabad Fort here by collecting water samples from it. The Ministry will submit a report on its contamination to the Court.
A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul, passed the order last week on a public interest litigation seeking the provision of clean water for animals and birds in the Capital, especially in its green areas.
The petition, moved by Manoj Kumar, also sought establishment of water treatment plants for the fauna.
The water body near the Tughlakabad Fort has reportedly been formed by effluents discharged from factories being illegally run in the area. The petitioner, who sought more plantation in the area, said the forest animals and birds were dying after drinking the polluted water. The Court also asked the Ministry to find out the source from where the water was coming and accumulating in a lake-like formation.