Yamuna rejuvenation: NGT stresses on timely completion of projects

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New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Delhi government to monitor handling of rejuvenation of Yamuna river by evolving an effective administrative mechanism.

An NGT bench headed by chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel recommended that the causes of failure of existing mechanism and remedial measures required.

The bench made it clear that non-adherence to timelines must result in adequate and stringent action against those responsible for delaying completion of the project.

It stressed that completion of projects in time has to be ensured or else the problems will galore for years. The NGT made it clear that vested interests will like the projects to remain incomplete for years.

The green tribunal said interim measures like phytoremediation need to be implemented where a permanent solution is delayed.

The NGT said that River Rejuvenation Committees (RRCs) of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh should monitor execution of the action plans with proper inter-departmental coordination to remedy the polluted stretches of Yamuna river in their respective jurisdiction subject. This must be reviewed by the respective chief secretaries on quarterly basis, it said.

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