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Delhi: Gymkhana Club slapped with Rs. 5-lakh fine

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 24, 2014
First Published: 00:27 IST(24/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:34 IST(24/8/2014)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the prestigious Delhi Gymkhana Club to pay a penalty of Rs. 5 lakh to avoid closure after the city’s pollution watchdog asked it to shut down for violating environmental norms.

HT reported on Saturday that the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had, on August 11, asked the posh club to close down for using borewells without permission, not ensuring adequate waste management, reuse of treated wastewater and rainwater harvesting.

After the order, the 101-year-old club approached the NGT for relief. On Friday, the green body said the club would have to “deposit Rs. 5 lakh within one week with the Delhi Jal Board, apply for permission to use borewells and fix water meters” if the closure notice was to be stayed. Speaking to HT, club secretary OP Malhotra didn’t mention the fine but said, “The tribunal asked us to take permission for the bore wells . We will do so.” 

The NGT will hear the matter next on September 22.

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