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Yamuna project: NGT raps AAP govt, DJB for not responding to notice

The green tribunal granted them final opportunity to file their responses

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Yamuna project: NGT raps AAP govt, DJB for not responding to notice

The Green Tribunal (NGT) today rapped the government and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for not filing their replies to the show cause notices on why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for delaying compliance with orders on the cleaning project. A bench headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar granted them final opportunity to file their responses and warned them that in the event of default, it would be compelled to pass coercive orders. "Despite definite directions contained in our order dated October 23, the and NCT of Delhi have not filed the replies to the show cause.

Normally, we would have proceeded to pass orders at the consequence of non-compliance. However, in the interest of justice, we grant last and final opportunity," the bench, also comprising Justice Dalip Singh, said and posted the matter for next hearing on November 9. On October 23, the tribunal had issued the notice to them to show cause why, for patent defaults committed by them and their officers and not complying with to the orders of the tribunal, an amount equivalent to the 'Maili Se Nirmal Yamuna' revitalisation project value be not attached by the tribunal. CEO Keshav Chandra had then told the that out of the total fund of Rs 1,755 crore allocated to the Board, Rs 939 crore was for water and Rs 816 crore for sewage. Of this, Rs 351 crore has already been spent on the sewage head on maintenance and the projects allowed by the committee constituted by the tribunal, he had said. The CEO had also said that there was a tremendous stress on the officers of as they were finding it difficult to take any decision and were not clear "about the direction in which Government of NCT Delhi wants to proceed." The tribunal had earlier directed the and to submit a status report on the progress of the work in the first phase of cleaning the river It had then directed Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to file a complete report of the stretch of the falling beyond the capital. The green panel had said that pollution in the was of serious concern as it was highly contaminated by industrial effluents and sewage. It had also asked Haryana and Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board to jointly conduct a study of water quality and the flow of at the point it enters Haryana, and submit the list of industries located in the catchment area. The green panel had noted that almost 67 per cent of the pollutants reaching would be treated by the two sewage treatment plants at Delhi Gate and Najafgarh under the first phase of the 'Maili se Nirmal Revitalisation Project'.

First Published: Mon, November 06 2017. 17:51 IST