Plea alleged DMRC extracts groundwater to wash trains, instead of waste water
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi government to furnish minutes of a meeting that was held pertaining to the preparation of a district-wise schedule of groundwater that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been extracting.
A Bench headed by judicial member Raghuvendra S. Rathore, in its April 13 order said, “Counsel for NCT Delhi has submitted that meetings in respect of all the districts except south Delhi had been held and he will be submitting the records of the meetings. As regards the district of south Delhi, it has been informed that the meeting is fixed for April 20.”
“The counsel may place minutes of the meetings on record,” it added.
The directions came while the green panel was hearing a plea moved by city resident Kush Kalra, who had alleged that the DMRC, instead of waste water, was using groundwater to wash trains.
The plea also alleged that the DMRC had installed around 276 borewells across the Capital without requisite permissions from the Delhi Jal Board.
In order to expedite the matter, the green panel on March 22 had directed the State government to submit a district-wise schedule of the groundwater that was being used by the DMRC.
“We direct NCT of Delhi to hold meetings between the members of the committee and also to include deputy commissioners of every district for discussion. It is made clear that the DMRC and Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) should be present in such meetings without any default,” the Bench had said.
Referring to a RTI reply, the plea also stated, “Around 400 to 500 litres of groundwater is used for washing one metro train. The water, after washing of metro train, is sent to the effluent treatment plant (ETP). The treated water is then used for gardening and the excess sent to drains.”