The new independent members will take over from Sunita Narain, the director general of the Centre for Science and Environment, and Vimlendu Jha, founder of environmental NGO Swechha, whose term had expired in March 2019.
Some tractor trolleys reached the site of the blockade at Palwal, carrying food. “The food is not just for us but for any commuter who may be inconvenienced because of the blockade,” said Rajkumar, a farmer from Gugera village in Palwal.
As part of the process for uninterrupted water supply, NDMC is also replacing old or non-functional water meters with ‘smart meters’ which would help keep an account of the water supplied and the amount lost in leakages or theft, the official added.
The five-year revival plan intends to turn the ridge into a full-grown forest with indigenous plants and trees that will provide a recreational space for people in the heart of the city, forest department officials said.
The principal bench of the NGT, headed by chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said the committee has presented a clear roadmap for preventing pollution of the river and rejuvenating it, but action by authorities continues to remain inadequate.
The committee said in the email, “We have been repeatedly highlighting specific fault lines but we are not sure whether the recommendations of the CPCB and of NEERI given in 2019 have been brought to your notice.”
A unique sustainable experiment is under way in Delhi, where a ‘constructed’ natural feature brings hope of reducing the need for expensive sewage treatment plants, with issues of capacity and utility.
At present, the water that surrounds the island and much of the wetlands — from Dhobi Ghat in Okhla to DND flyway near Kilokari village — is sewage from 25 drains, which would render it difficult for fish to survive.
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials informed the Committee during a meeting on November 4 that application for felling 860 trees to build Rithala STP was made over 11 months ago and has been pending for approval with Environment Minister Gopal Rai’s office since September 17.