Yamuna Clean-Up: National Green Tribunal Bans Open Defecation, Waste Dumping

Yamuna Clean-Up: National Green Tribunal Bans Open Defecation, Waste Dumping

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a fine of ₹ 5,000 for violating the new rules and has formed a committee headed by Delhi Jal Board to inspect the execution of Yamuna’s cleaning process
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Yamuna Clean-Up: National Green Tribunal Bans Open Defecation, Waste Dumping
Highlights
  • A fine of ₹ 5,000 will be imposed on those found violating the rules
  • 67% of the pollution reaching Yamuna would be treated by 2 sewage plants
  • A total of 14 STP projects are to be constructed to clean wastewater

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today banned open defecation and dumping of waste on the floodplains of the Yamuna and announced an environment compensation of ₹ 5,000 for those who violated the diktat.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also constituted a committee headed by Delhi Jal Board CEO to oversee the execution of work pertaining to cleaning of the river and asked it to submit reports at regular intervals.

The Delhi government and the municipal corporations were directed to immediately take action against industries which operate in residential areas and are a major source of pollution to the river.

Also Read: Why Untreated Sewage Continues To Be Dumped Into The Yamuna

The green panel noted that almost 67 per cent of the pollution reaching the Yamuna would be treated by the two sewage treatment plants (STP) located at Delhi Gate and Najafgarh under Phase 1 of the ‘Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017’.

The apex green panel had on May 1 ordered inspection of the STPs at Delhi Gate and Okhla with a view to ensure that wastewater was cleaned before it reached the Yamuna. It had sought a report with regard to functioning of these plants.

The tribunal was informed that a total of 14 STP projects are to be constructed to clean wastewater. Of these, seven are to be built by the Delhi Jal Board with its own funds.

The directions came as the NGT was hearing a plea on the monitoring of implementation of the ‘Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017’.

Also Read: Untreated Sewage: Are Interceptor Sewage Lines Going To Save The Yamuna?

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