Mushrooming of unauthorised colonies has resulted in destruction of Yamuna

  • | Wednesday | 11th September, 2019

New Delhi: The mushrooming of unauthorised colonies in the national capital has resulted in destruction of the Yamuna river and environmental pollution, the National Green Tribunal said on Wednesday. The green panel said the growth of unauthorised colonies has been the bane of urban planning and has resulted in giving rise to a grave environmental situation. In a city of 20 million if over 7 million inhabitants of unauthorised colonies live without sewerage it will affect the environment of all citizens," the bench said. It noted that the Delhi Jal Board has reported that sewer network has been extended from 255 unauthorised colonies in 2015 to 384 in 2019 and that work is in progress to extend sewer network to another 432 unauthorised colonies covering a population of 21.60 lakh. "The monitoring committee has stated that while the coverage of sewer network has increased considerably during the last four years, it is a matter of concern that the individual household connectivity of sewer network is very low.

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