NGT establishes a panel to examine the effect of the advance of rice transplantation on the groundwater level

NEW DELHI: The National Green Court () created a four-member panel to examine whether the government's decision to advance the date of the rice crop transplant would cause further depletion of groundwater.

The address of a bank headed by the president of the NGT, Adarsh ‚Äč‚ÄčKumar Goel, came in a motive presented by a resident of Hoshiarpur that questions the decision to advance the date from June 20 to June 13.

The petitioner, Jai Gopal Dhiman, has argued that the decision would lead to further depletion and would not be favorable to the environment.

The court noted that Dhiman has relied on a report prepared by the Department of Water Resources and the Central Groundwater Authority that 79 percent of the state area is overexploited with respect to groundwater.

The NGT said that the date of June 20 was previously set by recommendation of the State Board of Pollution Control (PCB) and the Agricultural University of Punjab and the prior preparation of it is not justified.

The bank also said that the issue raised in the plea should be examined in the light of an expert report.

As a result, we formed a committee composed of representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCP), the PCB of the state of Punjab and a scientist appointed by the Agricultural University of Punjab and the University of Agriculture, said the court in its order.

He said the committee can investigate the matter and present a report to the court within three months.

The bank said the nodal agency for compliance and coordination will be the PCB of the state of Punjab, which was represented by lawyer Benipal Naginder.

He listed the matter for a later hearing on November 7.