SHILLONG, April 19 - Greater Laban Community Development Society (GLCDS) here has filed a petition before National Green Tribunal (NGT) for the preservation and protection of the catchment area at Lawshotun in the Meghalaya State capital.
A team headed by former Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai filed the petition before the Tribunal in Kolkata recently.
In its petition, the Society has sought the Tribunal�s intervention to direct the State Government to declare the area as a �critical catchment area� under the Meghalaya Protection of Catchment Areas, Act, 1990.
According to the Society several water sources are found in the area which originates from Shillong Peak and is therefore one of the main sources of drinking water for the State capital.
In has also urged the Tribunal to direct the Defence (Army) to stop encroachment of the area and immediately stop felling of trees and construction of a wall.
The organisation has also sought the NGT�s intervention to direct the State Government and the Defence to restore the forest and the catchment area to its original status as was found in 1988.
Shullai has raised the issue on several occasions and also in the Assembly and has blamed the Government for being lax in protecting the vital area.
GLCDS has said that the State Government has failed to act to protect and preserve the area even though the Gauhati High Court has directed the Advisory Body constituted under the Meghalaya Protection of Catchment Areas, Act, 1990 to declare the Lawshotun Forest and its adjoining area as catchment area.