The National Green Tribunal on July 26, 2018 formed a monitoring committee on the cleaning of the Yamuna River. The tribunal headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson A K Goel directed the committee to develop an action plan on the same and submit it by September 2018 and submit a detailed report on the issue by December 31, 2018.
1. The NGT has asked the state governments of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to assist the committee on Yamuna rejuvenation.
2. It also directed the Delhi Development Authority and the Delhi Jal Board to hold a meeting on July 30 to identify land for setting up of a sewage treatment plant on a drain that falls under phase-II of the Yamuna cleaning programme.
3. The Tribunal directed the authorities to take strict action against encroachments on the Yamuna floodplains.
The NGT had earlier pulled up the Delhi Jal Board over cleaning of the Yamuna River and had said that there had been no “meaningful progress” on the ground in the last three years. The work was supposed to be completed by March 2017, as per the court’s January 13, 2015 judgment. The green panel had noted that the work on 14 sewage treatment plants (STPs) had not even begun. The sewage treatment plants would treat the effluents and ensure no pollutants enter the river. Expressing dissatisfaction over the situation, the tribunal had directed the CEO of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to put in place a suitable officer who can ensure that work on the 14 STPs starts within a month and asked him to file an affidavit in this regard within two weeks.