Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution of Najafgarh drain, Delhi, 11/07/2022
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of In re: News item published in the Newspaper named, The Times of India dated 05.07.2022 titled “Dead fish in Najafgarh drain, pollution could be to blame” dated 11/07/2022.
Proceedings have been initiated suo-moto on the basis of captioned media report to the effect that a large number of fish were found dead upstream Najafgarh drain due to excessive pollutants. Water samples were collected from the drain showing BOD level to be 76 mg/l against laid down standard of 30 mg/l. COD was 320 mg/l against a laid down standard to 250 mg/l. Media report mentions that 100-150 fish were dead in the pond, 500 meters away from Najafgarh drain, as per information of the residents. Photographs shows large number of dead fish in the water of Najafgarh drain.
In view of above, the NGT directed submission of a factual and action taken report from a joint Committee of CPCB, DPCC, DJB, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Govt. of Delhi and District Magistrate, South West Delhi within one month.