The National Green Tribunal on Monday ruled that anyone found dumping debris on the Yamuna riverbed would be fined Rs. 5 lakh.
The fine will be recovered from whosoever responsible for dumping. Truck owners, property owners and contractors, who dispose of debris are liable to be fined. The tribunal has asked the Delhi government to publicise the penalty.
The tribunal also ordered all land-owning agencies to remove debris from the Yamuna riverbed by August 15 and asked the Delhi government to deploy a special police force to ensure there was no further dumping.
These agencies, including the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, civic corporations, the Public Works Department and the Delhi Development Authority, have to file compliance reports by August 27, when the matter would be next heard.
The tribunal directed its five local commissioners to inspect various banks of the river and report whether the debris has been removed in its entirety or not. The tribunal said during removal, the debris should not be stacked in the floodplains; it has to be removed altogether.
The tribunal said 400 to 500 tonnes of debris per month was still being dumped on the banks of the river in Geeta Colony, particularly at night. The Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments said police had been deputed to check further dumping and all debris would be cleared by August 15.
The tribunal also asked the DDA and the DMRC to hold a meeting within a week and decide who would remove debris from the western bank, where there is a dispute over the issue of ownership. Otherwise, both would have to share the burden of removal.
As much as 25,000 trucks of debris had been found dumped in the jurisdiction of the DDA and the DMRC alone. The Uttar Pradesh government claimed it had already removed 5,000 trucks of debris from its area of control.