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HC directs AAP govt to clean up Kushak drain

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Terming as "unacceptable" and "deplorable" the condition of the drain near South Extension-II here, the High Court has directed the to clean it up to ensure it does not become a breeding ground.

A bench of Justices and ordered that water in the drain be treated and directed the (PWD) of the government to install a proper filtration system in the ''nullah'' before handing it over to the local municipal corporation.

"The pictures depict a deplorable state of affairs in the drain with garbage floating on it. This is absolutely unacceptable and action be taken by the government to ensure the entire area is cleaned of garbage.

"Effective steps be taken to ensure there is no stagnant water in the nullah (drain) and that it does become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Water in the nullah be treated before it flows through the outlet into the river (Yamuna)," the court said.

It also said that the PWD cannot refuse to clean the drain under the here just because it has to hand it over to the corporation in December this year.

"Instead of blaming others or leaving it to others, do what you had promised (the court). Get it cleaned up," the bench said.

The PWD has on several occasions in the past few years assured the court that it will clean the drain of all garbage and construction debris after construction of the is completed.

However, the deadline for completion of work kept getting extended even as residents of the areas, especially South Extension-II, near the nullah complained of waterlogging in their colonies during monsoon due to garbage and debris in the drain.

The latest directions of the court came during hearing of a PIL initiated by it in 2012 regarding water-logging and flooding in South Extension-II.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 12:25 IST