RO water used to maintain Feroz Shah Kotla ground, NGO tells green court

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 22:41 IST
A Twenty20 cricket match at The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. (AFP)

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday issued notices to DDCA, the Delhi Jal Board and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited on a petition alleging they were wasting water.

The green court directed the agencies to submit their replies by June 6.

The plea filed by an NGO Friends claimed the Delhi and District Cricket Association was using reverse osmosis-treated water for the upkeep of the Feroz Shah Kotla ground and power discom TPDDL was wasting 7,500 litres of water per day through the RO water plants it installed at 31 educational institutions.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued the notice to DDCA, DJB and TPDDL and asked them to respond to it by June 6.

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Citing a news report, the social organisation, said that at a time when the Indian Premier League was being shifted out of Maharashtra due to severe drought in the state, DDCA was using RO-treated water for ground maintenance.

“Every drop that flows out of DDCA’s taps is RO treated. At a time when many states are facing drought, it’s very disturbing that DDCA is using water in such a manner,” the plea, filed through advocate Sugriva Dubey, said.

The NGO also said: “If the feed water contains harmful pollutants and high total dissolved solids (as claimed by TPDDL), then the rejected effluent will definitely have a concentration of harmful pollutants and a very high TDS that will continuously pollute the groundwater.

Notice to Delhi Police for not paying water bills

The National Green Tribunal sought response from the Delhi government and Delhi Police on a plea claiming that city police had not paid its water bill amounting to over `232 crore.

The order came on the plea of Delhi resident Sanjay Kumar who told the bench that he has learnt through RTI replies that Delhi Police had not paid its water bills to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

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The plea, filed through advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, has sought directions to Delhi Police to pay the pending dues at the earliest.

Reduced dust fine

The green court on Wednesday also brought down the fine amount that residents are supposed to cough up for violating dust control norms during domestic construction activities. The National Green Tribunal reduced the earlier fine of `50,000 to `5,000 and `10,000 depending on the size of homes. The civic bodies of the city have also been asked to submit a detailed report on action taken against builders for dust pollution.

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