Meghalaya HC Advocates For Sustainable Development; Directs Government To Devise Regulations To Rejuvenate Umiam Lake 

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The Meghalaya High Court has directed the state government to identify an alternative site for the dumping waste and ensure that no other form of garbage exudes into the already toxic waters of the Umiam Lake, thereby preserving its pristine environment.

Advocating for sustainable development, the HC asked the state administration to devise norms for rejuvenating the water bodies in the state.

The State and District Council should take local citizens, experts, and planners on board for formulating norms for future construction or for laying down guidelines for the protection of water bodies like the Umiam Lake, whether generally or in respect of specific lakes and rivers.

The court has urged the private forum – Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF), comprising prominent members of the society and leading architects, to assist the court in the proceedings.

Besides, the state government will assess the environmental impacts before commercial ventures can begin construction, particularly adjacent to any waterbody or woodlands.

Further, the court has also asked the state government to report the measures taken so that perpetrators are discouraged from embarking on any similar misadventure.

The next hearing on this matter will be held on February 2, 2023.

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