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No one taking ownership in Yamuna clean-up: NGT


NEW DELHI: No ownership is being taken at departmental levels to clean up Delhi’s drains and, in flip, the heavily polluted Yamuna, an NGT-appointed monitoring committee for the river clean-up has stated.
In a up to date report back to National Green Tribunal (NGT) that has been accessed through TOI, the committee stated there used to be no coordination between the irrigation and flood control departent and Delhi Jal Board (DJB). The department “seems to imagine that the water high quality is not their mandate and must be completed through DJB. DJB says they don’t have jurisdiction over drains,” the committee stated. The NGT judgment and the committee’s action plan speak about aeration and ozonation to fortify water high quality but “there's apparently no ownership at the department degree”, it added.

Consultants were appointed to paintings on groundwater recharge part in 10 canals or irrigation minors the place water high quality growth paintings is to be undertaken, nevertheless it does no longer include aeration and ozonation. The committee additionally identified, “An action plan for in-situ treatment of waste water flowing into the drains must be ready for at least the 4 major drains flowing into the Yamuna in a time-bound approach.” After a preliminary evaluate is submitted, the committee will name a gathering to check the plan.

The Yamuna receives maximum pollutant load throughout the 4 major drains, Najafgarh, Supplementary, Shahdara and Barapullah. Various schemes are working in parallel to entice the untreated sewage and take it to sewage treatment vegetation (STPs).


However, it wishes a coordinated manner, the committee stated. For instance, it stressed out, the Rs 2,000-crore interceptor mission — being constructed for taking pictures untreated sewage — can’t be absolutely utilised till the linked STPs are functional to treat the added quantity. Similarly, new drains emerging from unauthorised colonies need to be introduced into a proper sewerage network machine in a time-bound approach.


“Experts had informed NGT that technical interventions are needed in parallel to scale back the pollutant load within the drain, which might have direct have an effect on on the high quality of river water,” the record stated. These interventions are vital as a result of even after of completion of the current schemes, the water high quality of Yamuna will not “reach bathing standards of BOD (organic oxygen demand) <3mg>


NGT chairperson A Okay Goel had shaped the monitoring committee in July and requested it to publish an action plan and an in depth record on cleaning the river through December 31, 2018.




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