Give minutes of water meet: NGT
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to submit minutes of the meetings held for preparing a district-wise schedule of the permission granted to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for extracting groundwater.
A bench headed by Raghuvendra S Rathore directed the Delhi government to include Deputy Commissioners of every district, DMRC and Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) for discussions and asked it to expedite the meetings.
“Counsel for the Delhi government has submitted that meetings in respect of all the districts except South Delhi had been held and he will be submitting the records of the meetings. As regards the district of South Delhi, it has been informed that meeting is fixed for April 20, 2018. The counsel for NCT of Delhi may place minutes of the meetings on record and give copies to all the concerned,” the bench said.
The matter has been posted for next hearing on May 3. The tribunal had earlier warned of halting the Capital’s Metro services as it slammed the DMRC for not complying with its order on the extraction of groundwater without permission. It had directed the Environment Ministry, CGWA, DMRC, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and advocate Kush Sharma, counsel for the applicant, to jointly find out how many stations were withdrawing groundwater without proper permission and sort the approvals.
DJB had earlier told the tribunal that it has not granted permission to the DMRC for extraction of groundwater but the Metro company has installed 276 borewells across the national Capital for which it has no permission.