Delhi, Uttar Pradesh fail to clear Yamuna riverbed of debris
Despite repeated orders by the National Green Tribunal since February this year, land-owning agencies in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have failed to clear the Yamuna riverbed of debris, reports Darpan Singh.delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2012 01:11 IST
Despite repeated orders by the National Green Tribunal since February this year, land-owning agencies in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have failed to clear the Yamuna riverbed of debris.
While Delhi has only stopped dumping fresh debris, its neighbouring state has expressed helplessness and cited in the tribunal that it needs Rs.47.3 crore and 200 days to do the job.
The tribunal, which has been coming down heavily on the authorities for non-compliance of its orders, has decided to hear the matter next on January 31.
Manoj Mishra of a civil society group, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, and also the petitioner in the case, said, "This (the estimation) is not only to delay the process but also present some kind of a fait accompli with little workable solution in sight. It's a case in which the Delhi government, Delhi Development Authority, UP and union ministry of environment and forests must take blame."
In its latest order dated December 19, the tribunal has said, "…Illegal dumping, unless stopped, would create a menace. … It not only causes pollution but also is hazardous to the river ecosystem and affects free flow of water. On October 10, UP asked for four weeks to remove the debris in its jurisdiction… We granted time with the hope that authorities will take steps."
Mishra said, "The state government has huge annual budgets. It doesn't have enough money for the river? Why cannot either Delhi or UP do the job and share the cost later?"
In September, the tribunal told UP to remove all the debris, within their jurisdiction, irrespective of who had dumped it. In October, the tribunal said, "It appears that no steps have been taken by the state to comply with the order and gave four weeks."
"The department has scant regard to the rule of law. The inaction is in flagrant violation of the order passed by this tribunal. Non-compliance could lead to punitive action," the tribunal had said.
The case was filed by Misra vs Union of India and others in February this year.