A National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench of justice Raghuvendra S Rathore and expert member Satyawan Singh Garbyal, has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), to award tenders for laying a pipeline, to supply treated sewage water for gardening in a south Delhi colony, by November 15, 2018 and warned that in case of default, a cost of Rs 10,000 each would be imposed on them. “Further, they are directed to continue the supply of water by temporary arrangements till November 15, 2018. The DDA and MCD shall submit a report on completion of the work on November 16, 2018,” the bench said.
The order came after the tribunal was informed that tenders for pipes have been floated and once they are finalised, the pipes will be laid down on a stretch of approximately six kms, after which regular supply of treated water will be made available to the parks. The tribunal had earlier directed the civic authorities to file an action taken report, on making a pipeline operational, to supply treated sewage water for gardening in Vasant Kunj. It had also prohibited the residents, DDA, SDMC and Delhi Jal Board (DJB), from using fresh water for gardening purposes.
The counsel for the DJB had earlier told the bench that there was a sewage treatment plant in Vasant Kunj in south Delhi, from where treated sewage water could be provided to the residents for the purpose. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by retired rear admiral AP Revi, seeking directions for supply of treated sewage water in Vasant Kunj for gardening and other purposes, so that they do not have to use fresh water. The plea had said that treated water should be used for maintenance of greenery in the Vasant Kunj area.