Install rainwater harvesting system in two months, NGT tells Delhi schools, colleges

A view of National Green Tribunal Office, Faridkot House, in New Delhi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Shanker Chakravarty

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed all private and government schools and colleges in Delhi to install rainwater harvesting systems on the premises at their own costs. The institutions have been directed to install the systems within two months.

A bench, headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, said, “Any institution which does not comply, has to pay an environmental compensation of Rs. 5 lakh."

The Tribunal constituted a joint inspection team, comprising senior officials from the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA), representatives from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the Directorate of Education.

The Tribunal said the committee was required to carry out inspections of these institutions and issue a fitness certificate to make the rainwater harvesting systems operational.

The NGT also said that all those institutions that were exempted by the committee would have to pay an environmental compensation, “which shall be compensated by installing rainwater harvesting systems in the area.”

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