A month after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued orders to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to protect the Yamuna river belt, the authority has decided to install 100 CCTV cameras at 26 identified locations where debris is regularly dumped. Additionally, two quick reaction teams (QRTs) will keep a round-the-clock watch along the river belt and, according to the NGT’s orders, individuals found dumping garbage will be fined.
The move comes after the tribunal took notice of the amount of waste and construction debris being dumped into the river. The tribunal then directed the DDA to install CCTV cameras at different locations to curb throwing waste.
Acting on the order, the department hired a consultant to work out the modalities of the project and identify the locations were debris was being dumped in large amounts.
According to a senior DDA official, 26 areas have been identified where tempos and individuals were found to have been dumping puja debris and construction waste. At all these locations, officials said, three to five cameras will be installed, depending on the vulnerability of the area, to keep a watch on violators.
“The CCTV cameras will also have night vision because most of these activities happen only at night. The idea is to ensure that no hazardous material or debris of any sort is dumped into the river,” a senior DDA official said.
The department will also station two QRTs along the river belt to keep a round-the-clock watch. “According to the NGT’s orders, individuals found dumping puja material into the river will be fined Rs 5,000 and tempos or trucks found dumping construction debris into the river will be fined Rs 50,000,” the official said.
The department has also sought assistance from NGOs, and agencies which have the expertise in treating and processing puja waste, to keep the river free of pollutants. The NGOs will also be required to collect, manage and process religious material from identified sites along the stretch of the Yamuna.
“We are in the process of preparing a detailed project report. Subsequent to this, we will issue tenders for the CCTV cameras within a month,” a senior DDA official said.