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Implement green tribunal's order on Yamuna debris now, L-G tells chief secy

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 26, 2013
First Published: 23:27 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(26/3/2013)

To keep the Yamuna clean, Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna has told the Delhi chief secretary to ensure implementation of the National Green Tribunal's order, imposing a fine of Rs. 2,500 on those dumping debris on the river bank.

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The lieutenant-governor has directed the chief secretary to ask the Delhi pollution control committee and the department of irrigation and flood control to implement the tribunal's order.

The tribunal had issued the order while hearing a case filed by Manoj Misra of the Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan against various government departments.

After the National Green Tribunal's order, government agencies said any builder found guilty of dumping construction and demolition debris in the Yamuna riverbed will have to pay Rs. 2,500. Government agencies said they estimated that Rs. 2,500 was needed for the removal of debris in a truck.

Misra had said the move would not serve any purpose. "How do you know who has done it (the dumping)? The idea should be to prevent and punish potential polluters. The sum is so small that it might as well be an encouragement for polluters."

He urged the L-G to make the punishment truly deterrent in nature and magnitude so that no polluter could get away with a mere token payment of a fine.

The National Green Tribunal had in its order dated January 31 told various government agencies to recover amounts spent on removal of debris. Officials of the Delhi Development Authority, flood control, environment departments besides those from the Uttar Pradesh government held a meeting and decided to impose the fine.

Even though the authorities have erected warning boards along the river, forbidding people from throwing pollutants, but the menace continues.


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