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Delhi Jal Board to pay Rs 5 crore over drain mess

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Delhi Jal Board to pay Rs 5 crore over drain mess

The petition was filed by a local resident, Bharat Bhushan Uppal, who complained of foul smell emanating from the Inderpuri drain.

Irked by a delay of almost three years by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) in improving the sewerage network of Inderpuri in west Delhi, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday asked it to deposit a sum of Rs 5 crore as performance security with it.

The order was passed on a petition filed by a local resident, Bharat Bhushan Uppal, who complained of intolerably foul smell emanating from the Inderpuri drain.

The drain, which was originally supposed to carry only storm water in the rainy season, now holds the flow of industrial sludge, sewage, polythene and other domestic garbage.

Besides, it has become the site for open defecation and breeding of mosquitoes and flies all through the year, the petitioner said. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, The stand of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is that the work of Improvement of Sewerage network of Inderpuri and nearby areas' is being awarded.

The proposal to set up 11 Million Gallons Per Day (MGD) Sewage Pumping Station (SPS) at Satyapark will be finalized in the month of October. DJB says that operationalisation and finalization of the said work may take one year.

DJB was represented by senior lawyer HS Phoolka. To ensure that there is no further lapse in this regard, we direct DJB to furnish a performance guarantee to the satisfaction of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), within one month from today, in the sum of Rs 5 crores, with the condition that the amount will be forfeited if the work is not completed and operationalized on or before 31 May 2019, the bench added.

Lawyer Gaurav Kumar Bansal, representing the petitioner, said, Most of Delhi's storm water drains lie in similar condition. In this case, there have been so many plans espoused by politicians that either Inderpuri drain will be covered totally or put underground, but none implemented in reality.

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