The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to give a detailed status report on the implementation of its policy to adopt rainwater harvesting systems in the city.
Taking note of a short affidavit filed by the DJB, a bench of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva observed that there was “no follow-up” by the DJB on the “current status of rainwater harvesting”.
“There has been no follow-up report. We want a detailed status report with regard to the current status (of rainwater harvesting). We also want to know what targets you (DJB) have put in place and what you have achieved,” said the court.
The DJB told the court that it provided 10 per cent rebate on water bills to consumers who adopt rainwater harvesting systems. A “360-degree media campaign” had also been proposed to make people aware of the rebate and the requirement and usefulness of the rainwater harvesting systems, it said.
Advocate R K Kapoor, who had filed a PIL seeking rainwater harvesting units in all government buildings and new constructions, told the bench that the systems were not in place even in many government buildings, including court premises.
The bench raised the question of whether rainwater harvesting systems had been installed in the court premises and in government buildings.