Houses not connected to sewerage system may have to pay for its waste
DJB shall look into the matter regarding charging for sewage generated from the households which are not connected to sewerage system or located in area not having such a system. DELHI GOVT STATEMENT
NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday asked the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to explore whether households that are not connected to the sewerage system can be charged on the lines of the “polluter pays” principle.
“DJB shall look into the matter regarding charging for sewage generated from the households which are not connected to sewerage system or located in the area not having sewerage system,” the Delhi government, in a statement, said. “DPCC to act on the polluters pay principle as per NGT order and impose environmental compensation on violating industries or units.”
The decision was made after chief secretary Vijay Dev met with members of the monitoring committee for Yamuna, principal secretary (UD) Raajiv Yaduvan- shi, secretary (Environment) and DPCC chairperson Madhup Vyas, Commissioners of the north, south and east civic bodies, and chief executive officer of DJB Anil Kumar Singh.
The directive was issued keeping in view the 2015 order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which stipulated every household to pay an amount ranging between ₹100 to ₹500 as environmental compensation.
The meeting was held to review action being taken to control pollution in the Yamuna and the previous orders issued by the Chief Secretary for prevention of dumping of solid waste, sewage, and industrial waste into the drains, the statement said.
According to the statement, a list of directives were issued by the Chief Secretary after the meeting in which he asked Delhi Jal Board to ensure that its sewage treatment plants operate, while meeting prescribed standards, meet deadlines for various projects, make sure there is no leakage of waste water from the sewerage to the drains, and expedite registering of the vendors for collection, transportation and disposal of septic tank effluent into Sewage Pumping Stations/ Sewage Treatment Plants as per the listed provisions.