Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding water management, Delhi, 22/01/2021

  • 22/01/2021

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Tribunal on its own motion Vs Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Others dated 22/01/2021 regarding water management in Delhi, including rain water harvesting (RWH), revival of water bodies, use of treated water and control of illegal extraction of groundwater.

The NGT directed the Chief Secretary, Delhi in coordination with the concerned authorities, including the DJB and the DDA to take further action on the subject of restoration of water bodies, installation of RWH systems, utilisation of treated sewage water, extraction of ground water and prevention of contamination of water.

The bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Sheo Kumar Singh said that it would be desirable that the matter is monitored by the River Rejuvenation Committee (RRC) at least once a month and by the Chief Secretary at least once in every three months.

Further, the Delhi government and all other states/UTs as well as Central Monitoring Committee (CMC) should explore "whether a model can be developed as a strategy for augmenting supply of drinking water by linking water collected through RWH systems to the water supply systems on the pattern of schemes for connecting solar energy generated in individual houses with the Grids with requisite incentives to motivate the concerned individuals/organizations", the NGT order of January 22, 2021 said.