NGT to Delhi Jal Board: People are suffering. Your department is busy giving excuses

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National Green Tribunal on Tuesday pulled Delhi government’s Delhi Jal Board for spending money on Yamuna without its permission.

In its observation, the NGT also said that despite spending heavily, the pollution level in the river had become worse.

“Despite heavy expenditure, in thousands of crores, having been incurred, pollution level in river Yamuna has, in fact, become more worse. We had passed clear directions that out of planned expenditure no amount other than for maintenance purposes would be spend by DJB. It is told that some amount has been spend for drain integration,” the PTI quoted the bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.

The bench added, “Let notice be issued to chief engineer of DJB who will file an affidavit stating if any amount has been spent in violation to our orders. The affidavit should be filed within one week from today,” a

The CEO of DJB told the bench that expenditure on drain integration work had been carried out in accordance with the orders of the Delhi High Court.

To this, the bench said, “You are frustrating the whole project ‘Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna’ Revitalization Plan, 2017 as well as our judgement. We had clearly said that you will seek our permission before doing anything. Why did you not inform HC about our order? You have your own philosophy. People are suffering. Your department is busy giving excuses.”

NGT also constituted committee comprising member secretary of Central Pollution Control Board and Delhi Pollution Control Committee, chief engineer of DJB and Delhi Development Authority and professor R Kosa from IIT-Delhi.

It directed this team to submit report on the actual discharge from each drain that joins Yamuna and the measure load on points where Sewage Treatment Plants are sought to be constructed under Phase-I of the judgement (Najafgarh drain to Delhi Gate drain).

Delhi Jal Board, which comes under the Delhi government, is headed by minister Kapil Mishra.

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