Sub­mit min­utes of meet­ings, NGT di­rects AAP govt

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NEW DELHI: The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal has di­rected the AAP gov­ern­ment to sub­mit min­utes of the meet­ings held for pre­par­ing a dis­trict­wise sched­ule of the per­mis­sion granted to the DMRC for ex­tract­ing ground­wa­ter. A bench headed by Raghu­ven­dra S Rathore di­rected the Delhi gov­ern­ment to in­clude Deputy Com­mis­sion­ers of ev­ery district, Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (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 cap­i­tals 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 coun­sel for the ap­pli­cant, to jointly find out how many sta­tions were with­draw­ing ground­wa­ter with­out proper per­mis­sion.

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.

The NGT was hear­ing a plea filed by a Delhi res­i­dent al­leg­ing that DMRC was ex­tract­ing ground­wa­ter in­stead of us­ing waste­water to wash its trains, re­sult­ing in de­ple­tion of the wa­ter ta­ble.

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