Install Rainwater Harvesting System In Two Months Or Pay Rs 5 Lakh Fine: NGT To Delhi Schools, Colleges

A bench headed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed all schools as well as colleges in capital city to install rainwater harvesting systems in their premises within two months at their own cost.

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Install Rainwater Harvesting System In Two Months Or Pay Rs 5 Lakh Fine: NGT To Delhi Schools, Colleges

Install Rainwater Harvesting System In 2 Months: NGT To Delhi Educational Institutions


New Delhi:  A bench headed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed all schools as well as colleges in capital city to install rainwater harvesting systems in their premises within two months at their own cost. According to the NGT order, any institution that fails to install the rainwater harvesting system within the stipulated period shall be liable to pay environment compensation of Rs 5 lakh, reported Press Trust of India.

The green tribunal also directed the educational institutions to approach a committee constituted by it to complete the process. According to PTI, this committee will inspect the premises and grant permission to institutions for operating the rainwater harvesting system.

The committee was formed with senior officials from the education department, Delhi Jal Board, Public Works Department, representative of Central Groundwater Authority and others, as members and asked to deal with the applications from schools and colleges.

The NGT bench said the committee shall meet twice a month and deal with the application of the schools and colleges expeditiously.

The tribunals also said, if any institution can not install a rainwater harvesting system in their premises, it should approach the committee within a week from today, ie, November 16, 2017.

The committee will then inspect the premises. After the inspection, if the committee feels that there is no possibility of setting up such system in that an institution, according to the bench, then the panel may issue an exemption certificate.

According to the tribunal, the institution that gets an exemption certificate shall be subject to environment compensation, which will be used for setting up rainwater harvesting systems in possible nearby areas, including parks.
 
The director of the Delhi education department and the Delhi Jal Board was asked to issue notices to all such schools and colleges within three days from today.

The direction came while disposing of a plea filed by Mahesh Chandra Saxena, who claimed to be associated with an NGO working in the field of groundwater conservation.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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