Visva Bharati violence: NGT directive misinterpreted by some stakeholders: Environmentalist

Kolkata, August 21

Environmental activist Subhas Dutta, whose petition to the National Green Tribunal led it to border pointers for holding the annual Poush Mela in Santiniketan, mentioned on Friday that the directive of the inexperienced bench had been misinterpreted within the latest transfer by some stakeholders.

Refusing to call anybody specifically, Dutta mentioned some “illegal and unfortunate developments” had taken place in latest occasions across the Poush Mela.

Dutta hinted that erection of boundary fencing was not the mandate of NGT.

“The directive of NGT with regard to holding the Poush Mela in a specific time frame and following certain environmental norms like solid waste management seems to have been misinterpreted … Some illegal activities took place in the wake of the misinterpretation of the NGT order and a political conflict has come to the fore. This is not expected,” he mentioned.

“Visva Bharati which has Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its chancellor can’t shrink back from taking essential measures to make the honest environment-friendly in cooperation with the state authorities and cease holding the honest blaming non-cooperation from a piece of merchants. They ought to take essential motion, “ Dutta commented.

The NGT order had emphasised on the environmental side of the famed Poush Mela, began by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, and saving the fairground from ecological injury, Dutta had mentioned after the violence on the Visva Bharati University campus over the erection of a wall across the Poush Mela floor on Monday.

The environmentalist had been a part of NGT appointed three-member committee to supervise if all pointers have been being adopted in holding the over 125-year-old honest.

His petition in 2017 had led to the NGT framing sure pointers on holding the over 125-year-old Poush Mela in an environment-friendly method.

The quiet college city was witness to violence on August 17 when a lot of locals assembled on the mela floor after fencing work started on the behest of Vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and different varsity officers. The mob vandalized development gear and tore down certainly one of college gates subsequent to the bottom.

Visva Bharati has demanded a CBI inquiry into the violence and blamed a Trinamool Congress MLA and a few native ruling celebration leaders for the violence which was preceded on Sunday by a rally of the VC and another varsity officers to the fairground to stop makes an attempt by native merchants to cease fencing work.

The central college has mentioned it’ll stay closed till these concerned within the vandalism are punished.

On October 29, 2019, a two-member NGT Bench of Justice S P Wangdi and Prof (Dr) P C Mishra had requested Visva-Bharati to cooperate with Birbhum district administration for security, safety and safety of atmosphere through the four-day honest.

The bench, which had enclosed its 2017 order alongside related strains with sure pointers for holding of the honest, had mentioned that meals stalls needs to be arrange in an enclosed space with sufficient measures for controlling mud and waste elimination, moreover amenities for clear ingesting water and bogs.

The bench had additionally directed the varsity to make sure correct administration of strong waste and to cease fossil gasoline burning through the honest in cooperation with the state authorities.

The honest commenced in 1894 by Rabindranath Tagore’s father, Maharshi Debendranath, and Visva Bharati began organising the Poush Mela in 1951. PTI

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