SC notice to Hry on DJB s plea to stop releasing untreated water into Yamuna

  • | Thursday | 14th January, 2021

While the DJB has for a while now been alleging the Haryana government was releasing untreated water into the Yamuna, the SC also initiated a suo motu plea regarding the pollution in the river, where it appointed DJB's lawyer Meenakshi Arora as an amicus curiae. The Delhi Jal Board's petition in the matter sought directions to the State government and its Department of Irrigation and Water Resources to stop the discharge of pollutants in the Yamuna, which is causing an alarming rise in the ammonia levels in the river. I am hopeful that the decision will be in favour of the residents of Delhi." The DJB's petition said, "The plants, particularly those at Chandrawal, Wazirabad and Okhla, have often been forced to operate at only 50 percent capacity or lesser due to the extremely high ammonia levels in thewater." Delhi Jal Board's plea stated, "Increased ammonia levels have resulted in severe impairment of the functioning of the water treatment plants of the petitioner to purify the water, and supply it as drinking water in the NCT of Delhi."

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