Expressing concern over the rising pollution level in the Yamuna, the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the municipal corporations to ensure there are at least 13 special permanent enclosures for the immersion of idols and other functions during the festive season.
The court was hearing a petition filed by an environmentalist Vinod Kumar Jain of NGO 'Tapas'. He said despite the high court order of 2006 and also the then MCD's undertaking in 2009 for the construction of 13 special permanent enclosures, there wasn't much headway.
Justice Rajiv Shakdher was not happy with the assurance from the Delhi Government that work was almost complete at nine enclosures and four others were being readied. A status report has been sought by March 5, 2013.
Jain alleged that every year, the MCD makes temporary ghats during the festival season but most of them are still in a dismal condition. The court has been repeatedly asking the Delhi government, DDA and MCD as to why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against them for not complying with its orders to stop pollution of the river.
Jain alleged that nothing was being done despite an order, given five years ago, to take all steps to ensure that the garbage did not choke Yamuna and turn it into a drain, especially during festivals when idols were immersed and huge quantities of flowers and other items of puja were thrown into the river.
Jain said people continued to throw waste through the gaps in the iron grille erected on both sides of Nizamuddin and ITO bridges and no action was being taken to prevent it.
He pointed out that the court had even directed the government in 2006 to effectively enforce the Delhi Degradable Plastic Bag and Garbage (Control) Amendment Act to ensure Yamuna's cleanliness during festivals.