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Yamuna panel fails to meet, forms sub-panel

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2013
First Published: 00:27 IST(14/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:29 IST(14/2/2013)

Despite strict directions from the Supreme Court in December last year, the ministry of environment is yet to hold a meeting of 10-member committee to examine some of the difficulties involved in reducing pollution in the Yamuna river.

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The government was supposed to inform the court about the action and status on February 8. But the court was told that the committee had formed a sub-committee, which could not manage to meet.

Earlier in December, the Supreme Court, while hearing the 'And Quiet Flows the Mailee Yamuna' case, prompted by an HT report, had directed the government to form a 10-member committee to project the proposal that could be adopted by the court regarding possibility of construction of a master drain, into which waste water from all drains in the city could be discharged.

The committee was directed to consider the recommendations of the director, IIT Roorkee, and submit a status report regarding the works being initiated and carried out for controlling and removal of pollution from the Yamuna. 

"Let the meeting of the sub-committee be duly held and the sub-committee shall submit its report to the convenor, so that he may submit the same to us on the next date without fail," the court said.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had directed that the copies of these reports should be made available to the amicus curiae on at least three days before the next date of hearing, which has been fixed for March 11.

Welcoming the court's emphasis on a drain to collect all the sewage, Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan said, "We welcome the Supreme Court's focus on a drain parallel to the river to prevent city sewage polluting the river. We think that as a principle no waste water in any form should fall into the river."

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