On 16.10.2017, Govt. of Odisha in Department of Environment and Forest has issued instruction to the District Collector, Khurda to conduct an inquiry in consultation with State Pollution Control Board as per section 19(b) ofEnvironment (Protection) Act, 1996 following the allegation and Citizenry charge filed by Dr. Subas Mohapatra dated 4.9.17 and initiate legal action against KIIT/KISS.
Sri Mohapatra has filed two Citizenry charge against Kalinga Institute of Social Science ( KISS) on 2nd Oct.17 and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology ( KIIT) on 4th Oct.17. Taking queue from the inquiry report released by Child Welfare Committee, Khurda, a statutory body under Juvenile Justice ( care and protection of children) Act,, he has alleged that though KISS is registered society, it has not yet registered under Tribal Welfare Department nor under SC and ST Welfare Department. KISS has been threat to environmental crisis to the vicinity. The huge waste water and other pollutants from accommodation and production unit such as laundry, food processing, napkin production regularly contribute to pollution and environmental threat. It has emerged as key source and factor behind environment pollution and continues to cause water and environment pollution in a large scale. KISS has posed environmental hazard to the vicinity and affected land, water and air in the area.
Similarly, he has also alleged that KIIT runs programme all round the year and on several occasions where thousands of participants have been accommodating in the campus which has posed serious threat to environment in the vicinity. The huge waste water and other pollutants from accommodation, events and other allied programme continue to pollute water bodies and cause severe sound pollution.
He has urged upon the State Govt. and State Pollution Control Board to make an inquiry and take immediate measures to prevent further damage to environment.