NGT bans open defecation on Yamuna banks, imposes Rs 5000 fine

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 or NGT has banned open defecation and dumping of waste on the floodplains of the Yamuna river and announced an environment compensation or penalty of Rs 5,000 for those who violated the rule. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also constituted a committee headed by Delhi Jal Board CEO to oversee the execution of work pertaining to the cleaning of the river and asked it to submit reports at regular intervals.

On May 1, the apex green panel had ordered inspection of the STPs at Delhi Gate and Okhla to ensure that the wastewater was cleaned before it reached the Yamuna.

NGT prohibits open defecation and dumping of any kind waste in the flood plains of Yamuna. The DDA has already awarded the contract to a private agency. 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".

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The bench was hearing a petition filed by environmentalist Manoj Mishra seeking that the green body should monitor the "Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017".

"Time is not far when people of Delhi would be able to cross the banks without breathing in the stinking smell and can bathe in the river water on auspicious days".

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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