NGT pulls up Delhi govt over fail­ure to sub­mit re­port on wa­ter har­vest­ing

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal has pulled up the Delhi gov­ern­ment for not sub­mit­ting a sta­tus re­port on whether gov­ern­ment build­ings, bridges and fly­overs have rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tems in­stalled, and if these are func­tional.

A bench headed by NGT chair­per­son Jus­tice Swatan­ter Ku­mar gave one “last op­por­tu­nity” to the Delhi gov­ern­ment to sub­mit the re­port and warned of sum­mon­ing the sec­re­tary con­cerned in case of de­fault of its or­der.

“De­spite re­peated or­ders the sta­tus re­port has not been filed by the NCT of Delhi. By way of last op­por­tu­nity re­port should be filed within one week. In the event of de­fault the sec­re­tary con­cerned of the NCT of Delhi shall be present be­fore the tri­bunal on the next date of hear­ing,” the bench, also in­clud­ing Jus­tice Jawad Rahim, said.

The green court also asked the ap­pli­cant in the case to file re­sponse to the re­port of the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Author­ity, which has al­ready been filed, as well as re­port of the NCT of Delhi that will be filed within one week.

The di­rec­tions came while hear­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by Mehrauli res­i­dent Vinod Ku­mar Jain, who wanted or­ders to make it com­pul­sory for all gov­ern­ment build­ing of 100 sq. m and above to have rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing through stor­age of rain­wa­ter.

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