The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rapped the State government saying it didn’t seem to be interested in taking measures to prevent river pollution.

A Division Bench comprising Justices A.S. Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing a PIL by NGO Vanshakti, raising concerns over rivers in the State being polluted by untreated sewage and chemical waste.

Advocate Sharmila Deshmukh, appearing for the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), told the Bench that 49 rivers were found to be polluted in 2014. “The number has increased to 59 this year,” she said.

Justice Oka said, “Only when there is any violation pertaining to discharge of any chemicals by some company, the State asks the MPCB to take action.”

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