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  Metros   Delhi  26 Nov 2018  Lack of sewer lines causes Yamuna pollution

Lack of sewer lines causes Yamuna pollution

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Nov 26, 2018, 4:01 am IST
Updated : Nov 26, 2018, 4:01 am IST

The national capital has 1,797 unauthorised colonies that have a population of about 40 lakh, which is growing, the report said.

The National Green Tribunal had in July formed the monitoring committee and directed it to submit by December 31 an action plan on cleaning of the river.
 The National Green Tribunal had in July formed the monitoring committee and directed it to submit by December 31 an action plan on cleaning of the river.

New Delhi: Absence of sewer networks in over 1,500 unauthorised colonies and slums in Delhi is one of the major reasons for pollution in the Yamuna, according to the monitoring committee overseeing the cleaning of the river.

The committee has directed authorities to come up with a plan for preventing pollution from these sources and for proper disposal of faecal sludge and other wastes, according to an action plan for rejuvenation of the Yamuna river, prepared by the body.

The National Green Tribunal had in July formed the monitoring committee and directed it to submit by December 31 an action plan on cleaning of the river. While directing them to submit the action plan and detailed report,  NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel appointed the retired expert member B S Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra as members of the committee.

The monitoring committee in its action plan has reportedly expressed concern over the absence of sewer networks in over 1,500 unauthorised colonies and slums of Delhi, calling it one of the biggest reasons of pollution in the river.

The national capital has 1,797 unauthorised colonies that have a population of about 40 lakh, which is growing, the report said.

There is no regulated system of emptying their septic tanks and faecal sludge that contain very high levels of coliform and get deposited in drains and water bodies which ultimately pollute the river, it added.

The monitoring committee has said in the report that only about 14 per cent of the 1,797 colonies have been provided sewage pipelines. But, even there “the offtake is extremely poor as the residents are reported to be unwilling to pay the charges,” it said.

The monitoring committee has said that about one-third of the population of Delhi is still dependent upon the septic tank. It has directed the Delhi government to notify regulations of septage management under which responsibility of each and every person involved should be fixed so that the sewage could get properly treated in an aligned manner.

The committee has reviewed the sanitation with all authorities.

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