Delhi

NGT forms panel on potable groundwater

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a monitoring committee to finalise an action plan to enhance availability of potable groundwater.

To monitor for 6 months

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel constituted the committee to “monitor the situation for six months with a view to enhance the availability of groundwater by adopting suitable measures, check contamination and take a final call on the plans for proper utilisation of treated effluents”.

“There is also an issue of encroachment of Delhi floodplains that leads to reducing groundwater recharge. Beyond suggesting sealing of borewells or handpumps, where water is contaminated, no suggestion has come forward for treating the contamination,” the Bench observed, while constituting the committee.

The monitoring committee will be headed by former Delhi High Court Judge S.P. Garg. It will also have representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board, Central Ground Water Authority and jurisdictional SDM, the Bench said.

The committee has been asked to “take stock of all actions taken so far” and prepare a time-bound action plan to deal with the matter.

“The committee may prepare an action plan which shall have targets of ensuring compliance. The district magistrates of the concerned districts will be co-ordinators of their respective districts” the green panel also said.

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