To ensure visible results in rejuvenation of Yamuna river, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Chief Secretary of Delhi and the Chief Secretaries of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to personally monitor the river. The dire condition of the river is attributed to years of negligence, states the green panel.
The order from the NGT bench headed by Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel came in while the bench was observing that the results are neither visible nor satisfactory. Besides this, the monitoring committee found a failure of enforcement and monitoring.
Further, the bench pointed out that the works for rejuvenating the river need to be further overseen at the national level by the Central Monitoring Committee, headed by Secretary, Jal Shakti Ministry. This also includes the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Also, the green panel clearly stated that non-compliance to timelines must result in adequate and stringent action against accountable persons.
As reported by a national daily, the NGT bench said, “Timely completion of projects must be ensured, otherwise for generations the problem will remain untackled, as vested interests will like the projects to remain pending and delayed to the detriment of the public interest.”