New Delhi: The Delhi government’s plan to introduce a new technology for cleaning the Yamuna river has to pass the test of the Supreme Court, which on Wednesday expressed its displeasure that despite spending crores of rupees on the clean-up, the quality of the river’s water has deteriorated in the last 15 years.
“You (Delhi government) are speaking about a new proposal. Even the earlier plan of setting up a sewage treatment plant (STP) was approved and your engineers have studied it. Now STP is not completely working,” observed a bench headed by Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan.
The court was informed by the government that it was in favour of the ‘interceptor sewage’ technology, proposed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), for making the 22km stretch of the river passing through the Capital free from pollution.
However, senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter, objected to the proposed plan, saying that it would further delay the work of cleaning the river as was clear from the plan put forward by the civic body that it would take more than five years to complete it. Further, the cost of interceptor sewage technology would run into crores, Kumar said.
This was objected by the Delhi government’s counsel D. N. Goverdhan, who contended that the new technology would be most feasible and was proposed by DJB, a statutory body.
However, the bench, also comprising justices A.R. Lakshmanan and D.K. Jain, was not happy with the Delhi government on the matter, which the court has been monitoring for the past 12 years after taking a suo motu cognizance of a news report about the pollution caused to the river.