‘Furnish details of rainwater harvesting systems in schools’

NGT Bench directs MHRD; dismisses exemption requests

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to furnish information pertaining to the status of installation of rainwater harvesting systems in Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayas.

A Bench headed by NGT judicial member Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore said, “Counsel for the MHRD submits that in so far as installation of rainwater harvesting system in Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayas is concerned, he has received the requisite information and therefore, he seeks short time to file affidavit on record with regard to the status of rainwater harvesting system in these schools. He may file affidavit in a week.”

Further, the Bench dismissed requests from two schools, who sought exemption from the ₹5 lakh environmental compensation for failing to install the rainwater harvesting systems.

Stating that the schools had failed to approach authorities within the specified time to seek exemption, the Bench said, “It [the school] has grossly failed to abide by the order passed by the tribunal as well as notice given by the office of Directorate of Education.”

Educational sites

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation informed the tribunal that out of 568 educational sites, rainwater harvesting systems have been installed at 382 sites.

“It [North Delhi Municipal Corporation] has also been submitted that at 29 sites, the installation work is in progress. It has further been submitted by the counsel for the corporation that in respect to 84 sites, it is not feasible to have rainwater harvesting systems,” the Bench noted.

The directions came when the green panel was hearing an execution application filed by city resident Mahesh Chandra Saxena who sought compliance of a November 2017 order of the NGT.

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