Houses not con­nected to sew­er­age sys­tem may have to pay for its waste

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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.

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