The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on a plea seeking clean water for animals and birds in the city. The court observed that animals and birds have been dying because of the polluted water in the capital.
According to a PIL filed by Tughlakabad resident Manoj Kumar, several illegal factories running in Tughlakabad and Tughlakabad Extension had turned the green area near the Tughlakabad Fort into an “artificial polluted lake”, which had damaged the entire forest area.
“There is an artificial lake and the polluted water is spreading in the whole forest. The animals in the forest, such as nilgai, monkeys, peacocks, deer and birds drink the same water as they don’t have another option. Due to the polluted water, animals and birds are dying on a large scale,” the plea, filed through advocate Sushil Kumar Jain, said.
The plea, which was taken up by the bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Jayant Nath, also alleged that a section of the forest was being used by a particular community as a burial ground, even though it was not notified as one, leading to further pollution of the soil.
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The plea seeks directions to set up a committee to identify green areas getting damaged by illegal factories, and has also sought the setting up of water treatment plants in those areas to provide clean water for both humans and animals.
The plea, which alleged that old trees in the forests had “fallen due to the pollution”, has also sought directions to the government to plant 5,000 new trees.
The court has now issued notices to the government, DDA and DJB to respond to the plea by August 13. The petitioner has been directed to submit colour photos of the areas to identify the damage done to the green patch.