New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has pulled up Delhi government, Delhi Jal Board and the corporations for failing to submit progress reports on steps taken by them for reducing pollution in the Yamuna. It also issued directions to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for dumping construction waste on the riverbed saying that if it was not removed by the next hearing on July 27, the managing director would have to personally appear before the bench to explain matters. “Some photographs show heavy debris, iron junk and other construction material belonging to DMRC lying in the Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur Vihar stretch, near Lalita park and old pontoon bridge.
Let DMRC remove all debris and other construction material . In the event of default, the managing director of DMRC shall personally appear before the tribunal on the next date of hearing,” said a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar. The bench, while monitoring the progress of the `Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna` Revitalization Project, 2017, pulled up the government for its failure to provide concrete details on sewage management in the city.
NGT slammed the government for not taking a final view on environment compensation payable by every household for generating sewage. “Have you taken any decision on environment compensation as per the `polluters pay principle`? Why don`t your officers move chairs? We are getting sick that we have to call your officers everyday and talk to them,” said Kumar.