Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding water management in Delhi, 03/02/2020

  • 03/02/2020

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Tribunal on its own motion Vs Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Others dated 03/02/2020 regarding water management in Delhi including rain water harvesting, revival of water bodies and use of treated water and control of illegal extraction of ground water.

The independent monitoring committee headed by Justice S. P. Garg, former judge of Delhi High Court in its report informed the tribunal that there was remarkable progress in implementation of rainwater harvesing (RWH) systems in schools and colleges. Barring few, all the schools and colleges have adequate and functional RWH systems. Further, there has been substantial progress in the implementation of RWH systems in various government buildings.

The NGT was also told of revival of various water bodies. The NGT appreciated the work done by the committee and requested for further compliance on the subject and submission of another report within three months. The two member bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and S. P. Wangdi in their order stressed on the fact that revival of water bodies is important for recharge of ground water, which in turn impacts water availability in river Yamuna and thus it was neccessary to "consider compensation regime with a view to ensure sustainable development and inter-generational equity."