Delhi

Schools without rainwater harvesting systems told to deposit ₹5 lakh as compensation

Warned of action if order not complied with

The Directorate of Education has asked 331 schools under its jurisdiction that do not have rainwater harvesting systems (RWHS) and 274 schools where work has started but has not been completed to build RWHS to deposit ₹5 lakh as environmental compensation within three days.

The DoE has cited orders by the National Green Tribunal to impose the fine and said in a circular that if they fail to pay the compensation, their recognition will be withdrawn.

“National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi, passed an order in 2016 regarding installation of rain water harvesting system by educational institutions and, has pointed out that some educational institutions haven’t complied with the directions/order passed by them regarding installation of RWHS,” the circular reads.

Compensation

The DoE said that the NCT had directed the DoE to ask all schools that do not have RWHS to deposit environmental compensation of ₹5 lakh each within two weeks from the date of the order i.e. February 22, 2019.

“All the head of schools/manager of defaulter schools are hereby once again directed to deposit ₹5 lakh within three days. This shall be treated as final opportunity failing which further necessary action for withdrawal of recognition of schools concerned shall be taken without any further opportunity,” the DoE said in its circular to the defaulter schools.

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