The Rajasthan high court yesterday took suo moto cognizance of the plight of death of migratory birds around the Sambhar lake.It has also ordered the State Government to remove carcasses of birds and conduct a post-mortem to identify the reason behind their deaths.
A division bench comprising by Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Satish Kumar Sharma in Sambhar lake case has ordered,
“The appropriate department is directed to remove carcasses of birds lying in Sambhar Lake.We further direct that all such carcasses be sent for post-mortem and identify the cause of death of birds died on May 9, and May 10, 2020.“
The court has also sought a report to be submitted within 4 weeks on the State’s policy “to prevent the unnatural death of migrant and local birds in Sambhar Lake area.“
The bench has directed the State to set up a “temporary nursery” near the lake area to take care of migrant and local birds, which is necessary for their revival and treatment.
The matter will next be taken up on July 3, 2020.
In November last year, the National Green Tribunal had also sought report on the issue of carcasses of 18000 migrated birds, found at Sambhar lake.
After the Tribunal was informed that the deaths were a consequence of violation of environmental norms in maintaining the eco system of the wetland including water quality, plant invasion in water bodies, etc the direction was given jointly to the National Wetland Authority, Government of India, State Wetland Authority, Rajasthan, Rajasthan State PCB and District Magistrate, Jaipur.