Apex court slams DJB for dirty Yamuna, ropes in experts

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 16:20 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday roped in experts from the Indian Institutes of Technology at Delhi and Roorkee to draw up plans for cleaning the polluted Yamuna river and slammed the Delhi Jal Board for its "pathetic" work.

Addressing the directors of the two institutes, an apex court bench of Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice Madan B. Lokur said that "cleaning the Yamuna is not possible unless discharge of effluents is stopped" and asked them to "tell how to clean the Yamuna".

"We are not here to blame anybody. (The) only sad thing is that it (matter concerning the cleaning of the Yamuna) is pending since 1994 and things have gone worse by the day," the apex court said.

Justice Lokur said the Yamuna could not be cleaned unless there was a "greater flow of water".

Perusing an affidavit filed by the Delhi Jal Board, the court said: "What the DJB has done in the past is pathetic..."

The court set up a committee headed by the environment and forests secretary to suggest plans for "controlling and preventing" pollution and cleaning the river.

The court earlier observed that the Yamuna in Delhi was a drain and even after spending Rs.12,000 crore on its cleaning, its condition had become worse.

The committee includes directors of Delhi and Roorkee IITs, Haryana chief secretary, officials of Delhi civic agencies and Noida authority, and representative of the Delhi Lt. governor. The committee will meet Jan 12, 2013.

The court would next hear the case Feb 8, 2013.

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