The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to file a compliance report in two weeks on its earlier directions in which full-time committees were to be formed by the two states for dealing with issues of pollution of river stretches flowing into the Yamuna.
The directions came on a petition filed by environmentalist Sushil Raghav and a city-based NGO, Society for Protection of Environment and Biodiversity (SPENBIO). The petitioners had raised concerns about the pollution in Yamuna while contending that the polluted Sahibabad drain, Indirapuri drain, eastern Yamuna canal (Banthala canal) in Ghaziabad carry untreated sewage and effluent, and meet the Shahdara drain which flows into the Yamuna. They had also contended that storm water drains also flow into the major drains, causing pollution in the river.
“As regard the issue raised in this application we are of the view that the same can be referred to the committee constituted by this tribunal for Delhi itself. The applicant may furnish a complete set of papers before the said committee forthwith,” the NGT said in its October 26 order. Read More
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