The Delhi high court on Wednesday expressed concern over increasing complaints of contaminated water being supplied to parts of the city.
The court on Wednesday asked the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to evolve a mechanism for regular monitoring of samples from all areas of Delhi at the earliest and file a status report.
The DJB has also been told to immediately repair all its corroded sewer pipes so that sewage does not seep into water pipes as is the case in many areas.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Vipin Sanghi was hearing a plea filed by the South Extension I resident welfare association against the DJB’s inaction despite repeated complaints about the quality of its water.
The members of the association brought samples of contaminated water to the court and showed them to the judges.
“This has become a big problem in the area. Complaints of water-borne diseases are rising. We have been repeatedly writing to the DJB and making appeals, but everything has fallen on deaf ears, forcing us to knock the doors of the court,” Manjeet Singh Chugh, joint secretary of the association told the court.
The DJB’s water also failed a recent purity test conducted by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
The civic body’s report said drinking water supplied to most of Delhi had been found to be contaminated with sewage water and could be harmful to health.
Mandate for schools
On Teachers’ Day, the high court had a unique message for the managements of the city’s private school — do not forget the needs of disabled children.
The high court mandated private schools to appoint at least two special educators for such children and purchase special tools.
The court has also prodded the government into considering reimbursement of their salaries.
“Is it not your obligation under the Right to Education to help out these children who need help?” a bench headed by acting Chief Justice AK Sikri asked Pramod Gupta, the lawyer who represented a some unaided private schools. The court will pass a formal order in the case on Thursday.
The comments came when Gupta said the schools were ready to appoint special tutors but on the condition that the government would reimburse their salary.
“You recruit. The government will pay the teachers. Their affidavit says so,” the bench told the schools.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Social Jurist.