Expressing dissatisfaction over the cleaning of Yamuna, the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday directed the State governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi to furnish a performance guarantee of ₹10 crore each within a month.
A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the States to deposit the amount with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to ensure compliance of orders.
The directions came after an NGT-appointed monitoring committee submitted an interim report, which included recommendations to be taken by respective authorities towards cleaning of the river.
The monitoring committee was constituted by NGT in July last and comprises former Delhi Chief Secretary Shailaja Chandra and former NGT expert member Bikram S. Sajwan.
In the report filed, the monitoring committee has recommended a study to assess the environmental flow of Yamuna from Hathanikund to Okhla. The river is “fighting to stay alive” and it will not be possible to rejuvenate it unless a minimum environmental flow is provided, the report had stated.
The green panel further directed the Chief Secretaries of the States to ensure disposal of municipal solid waste and cleaning of drains. A draft report submitted by a team from the Delhi Technological University to the monitoring committee had highlighted the poor maintenance of drains across the Capital.
Earlier, the green panel had also noted that approximately 67% of the pollutants entering the Yamuna would be treated by two sewage treatment plants at Delhi Gate and Najafgarh under the first phase of the project.