NGT bans open defecation, waste dumping on Yamuna floodplains

A man takes a break under the shade of a makeshift tent on a land in the middle of Yamuna River

A man takes a break under the shade of a makeshift tent on a land in the middle of Yamuna River

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

The bench, headed by NGT chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar, also asked the Delhi government and municipal corporations to immediately take steps against industries that operate in residential areas and cause river pollution.

The apex green panel had on May 1 ordered the inspection of the STPs at Delhi Gate and Okhla with a view to ensure that wastewater was cleaned before it reached Yamuna. The DDA has already awarded the contract to a private agency.

In the first phase of 'Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017', two drains - Najafgarh Drain and Delhi Gate Drain - that contribute around 67% of the pollution will be tackled.

Summary: 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". In the second phase, the rest 33-35% of the polluting drains will be tackled. "It would also become a site for tourists and entire Delhi", the bench observed.

Besides, it formed a committee to monitor the project for cleaning the Yamuna river.

The green body also directed that similar approach should also be adopted for all other water bodies across Delhi and NCR to keep them free from pollution.

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