For not installing rainwater system, 605 pvt schools to lose recognition
The Directorate of Education (DoE) will begin the de-recognition process for over 600 private schools after they failed to pay the ₹5 lakh environmental compensation charge for not installing rainwater harvesting as mandated by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The schools were issued a final warning to pay the compensation within three days by the DoE on May 9.
“The National Green Tribunal had asked the DoE in February to direct the defaulter schools to deposit the compensation within two weeks. Most of the schools did not comply with the order. As many as 605 schools have failed to meet the deadline,” a senior DoE official said.
“The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday asked the DoE to start the derecognition process under the section 24 (3) of Delhi School Education Act & Rules-1973. The defaulters can now directly contact the NGT and pay their compensation to save recognition,” he said.
In 2017, the tribunal had directed all government and private schools and colleges in Delhi to install rainwater harvesting systems to conserve water in their premises at their own cost. The green panel had stated that any institution that fails to install the rainwater harvesting system within the stipulated period shall be liable to pay the environment compensation of ₹5 lakh.
According to the Directorate of Education, of these 605 schools, while 331 schools have not even started construction work, the rain water harvesting plants are yet to be made functional in 274 schools.
Bharat Arora, general secretary of the action committee of private unaided schools in Delhi said that the schools will seek more time. “Some schools had received permission of installing a rain water harvesting system a little late. Some of these schools are located in unauthorised colonies and there is lack of space,” he said.
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