Tribunal seeks report on packaged drinking water units

The National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, on Thursday directed the Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and the Deputy Director General of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Southern Region, to submit a detailed report on packaged drinking water units operating in and around the city, deviations and violations by the units.

On March 5, the Bench comprising judicial member Justice M. Chockalingam and expert member Professor R. Nagendran took up suo motu cognisance of a news item that appeared in The Hindu revealing a violation of basic safety parameters in packaged drinking water units. It had ordered notices to the authorities, including City Corporation Commissioner, the Chairman of TNPCB and Secretary, Environment and Forests to file their affidavits.

When the matter came up before the Bench on Thursday, the TNPCB and the Department of Environment and Forests were represented. Despite notice, the Corporation Commissioner was not represented. The Bench said: “It is not a case which can be taken up by the authorities lightly and it is brought to the notice of the Tribunal that not only of violations of law, but also the lapses that took place are indicative of spreading of water-borne diseases by packaged drinking water.”

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