A fine of Rs two lakh and a jail term up to three years will be handed over to those who throw or dump waste in the water bodies of the state.

Kerala to frame new law to tackle water pollutionA canal in Kochi/ Photo by Haritha John
news Governance Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 12:54

The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to frame a new law which will ensure strict action, including a jail term, and a fine for those polluting water bodies.

The state cabinet which met in Thiruvananthapuram, decided to float an ordinance and a new bill in this regard would be introduced in the Kerala assembly later.

As per the new guidelines, a fine of Rs two lakh and a jail term up to three years will be handed over to those who throw or dump waste in the water bodies of the state.

Former CPI-M Rajya Sabha member TN Seema, presently the vice chairperson of the Green Kerala Mission, welcomed the decision and said this could be a pioneering law in the country.

"Certain tough positions have to be taken and this would only help the environment," said Seema.

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