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Yamuna Reduced To Sewer, National Green Tribunal Reprimands Delhi Jal Board

The NGT bench said that cleaning of the entire Yamuna was to be prioritised and not minor segments

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Highlights
  • Yamuna reduced to a sewer line, said the NGT to DJB
  • Delhi Jal Board asked to explain what it has done to clean the Yamuna
  • NGT had earlier asked Delhi and Haryana to identify sources of pollution

New Delhi: Observing that the Yamuna has been reduced to a sewer line in the National Capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday slammed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) asking what it had done to clean-up the river. The Tribunal was hearing a plea filed by environmentalist Manoj Mishra, that pointed out high ammonia content in the Yamuna. The plea claimed that as the water enters Haryana, the ammonia level is treatable, however, as it enters Delhi, the levels are very high.

On March 5, the Tribunal also rapped the DJB after it tried to rake-up the issue of water sharing among Delhi and Haryana.

“You want Haryana to give you more water for dilution of the pollutant in the river but show us what have you done. Yamuna in your territory has become a sewer line,” said the bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim.

“We are only concerned with the pollution in Yamuna. You are coming up with a new plea each time. We are interested in the entire stretch of river Yamuna and not confined to segments,” the bench said.

Meanwhile, DJB’s lawyer H.S. Phoolka said that Haryana should be directed to release more water into the Yamuna and it should be asked to treat the water being supplied to the national capital. However, the Haryana government opposed this and said the DJB should increase the capacity of the water treatment plants instead of playing the blame game. The matter is now listed for March 9.

Earlier the Tribunal had directed the Delhi and Haryana governments to identify and address the sources of pollution in the Yamuna.

While the DJB holds Haryana responsible for providing high ammonia water to Delhi, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had submitted its analysis report of ammonia at Tajewala in Haryana, Wazirabad water treatment plant, Okhla and ITO barrage in Delhi.

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