Tribunal directs Delhi government to post police near Yamuna river bank to prevent illegal dumping of debris

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the Delhi government to post police near the Yamuna river bank near Geeta colony in the capital to prevent illegal dumping of debris.

The Delhi government and other public authorities have to ensure that such debris is removed, a bench headed by chairperson justice Swantanter Kumar said. “The court has seen through the delaying tactics of various agencies,” said Manoj Misra, convener of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, a group of non-profit groups and the petitioner in the case. The ruling came after reports filed by local commissioners, who visited the debris dumps.
The court also directed the environment ministry secretary to hold daily meetings with Uttar Pradesh government officials and all related public authorities starting Thursday. This will have to be followed by the submission of a beautification programme along with the course of action to be adopted for removal of debris and a cleanup of the Yamuna river bank.
“We make it clear that the beautification plan should be prepared in a way so that the river bank is protected from the menace of dumping of garbage and debris,” it said.
In another case, the tribunal directed local authorities, corporations, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana or development authorities in the two states to inform it whether any construction has been allowed on the Yamuna’s flood plain.
Courtesy: live mint