Give min­utes of wa­ter meet: NGT

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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