NGT to Delhi Jal Board: Don’t play smart game with us


The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Tuesday faced tough time while being grilled over construction of a sewage treatment plant by the National Green Tribunal.


The NGT warned its officials not to play a “smart game” on the issue concerning pollution in river Yamuna.

“For the past one-and-a-half years, we are grappling with this problem which has been generated by your client (DJB).

Tell your officers not to play smart game with us. This is causing us lot of concern. Your client is causing suspicion,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar told the counsel appearing for DJB.

The bench, according to PTI report, was irked that it was not informed earlier that the sewage treatment plant (STP) at Delhi Gate drain was not working properly.

“Why we were not told about all this? This is very unfair.

Should the tribunal rely on you (DJB)? You have frustrated the tribunal. We went out of the way to help the DJB but everytime DJB is found to be wrong,” the bench said.

Senior counsel H S Phoolka, who appeared for DJB, told the NGT that when this STP was constructed, it was not anticipated that it would have so much load.

He also said that flow of waste water would be diverted to other STPs.

The NGT in February had pulled up DJB for spending money on Yamuna without its permission.

In its observation, the NGT had 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.