Apex court calls upon Delhi, Roorkee directors as other efforts bear little fruit

The Supreme Court has asked the directors of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Roorkee to find out measures to check pollution of the Yamuna. The river was becoming dirtier with each passing day despite several governments and civic bodies having spent Rs.12,000 crore so far, the Court noted.

A Bench of Justices Swatanter Kumar and Madan B. Lokur wanted the experts to consider the option of taking all sewer water generated in Delhi to a place 30-40 km away for the purpose of treatment. The Bench asked them to submit a report within two months after consulting officials of the Centre, the Delhi administration, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. It also directed them to hold a meeting on January 12, 2013, and draw up a blue print for the project.

The meeting, to be convened by the Union Environment Secretary, will be attended, among others, by the Chief Secretary of Haryana, the chief engineer of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), the Member Secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Noida authority, the Delhi Municipal Commissioners, the vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Additional Secretary in the Water Resources Ministry and representative of the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor.

The Bench asked the experts to consider the possibility of asking the upper riparian States to release more water in the Yamuna to make the job easier for the treatment plants in Delhi. The Bench expressed its displeasure at the fact that despite the apex court having passed several orders from 1994 on the issue,the pollution level of the Yamuna had not been brought down..

The Bench directed the Centre and the authorities in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to render all assistance required by the experts from the IITs. The Bench said it would decide the final shape of the proposed project after considering the experts’ report and listed the matter for further hearing on February 8, 2013.

  • “River becoming dirtier despite governments, civic bodies having spent Rs.12,000 crore”

  • Experts asked to submit report after consulting officials from Centre, Delhi, Haryana U.P.