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Delhi's parks causing air and water pollution, NGT investigates

04:22 PM May 02, 2023 IST | Ground Report
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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed a Joint Committee to investigate an application that raised concerns about the environmental damage caused by 200 parks and green areas in Bijwasan Village and Bhartal, New Delhi.

In December 2022, Vivek Manha, President of RWA, Bijwasan, New Delhi, applied via a letter of petition under sections 14 and 15 of the National Green Court Act 2010 (NGT Act).


The application highlighted the problem of around 200 green areas and parks in Bijwasan Village and Bhartal, New Delhi, which are used for social functions like weddings, attracting hundreds of vehicles on a daily basis.

As a result, the high volume of traffic causes congestion and air pollution, as vehicles release large amounts of dust into the atmosphere. The applicant further argued that the organizers of these functions are discharging wastewater onto open land and roads, leading to significant water contamination in the area.


These activities, he says, violate the Water (Pollution Prevention and Control) Law of 1974 and the Air (Pollution Prevention and Control) Law of 1981, and pose significant health risks to the local population.


The organizers of these functions also discharge sewage on open land and roads, causing water pollution in the area, according to the applicant.


The Court set up a joint committee consisting of DPCC and the District Magistrate, South West Delhi, to visit the site, collect relevant information and submit a factual report within two months.


The matter is posted for consideration on July 24.

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