NGT tells CPCB to analyse samples of Yamuna water
Taking cognisance on Delhi Jal Board’s plea on high-level ammonia in water being provided by the Haryana Government to Delhi, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday has directed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to analyse water samples of Yamuna water at four points.
It may be noted that Delhi is facing water scarcity for over one month. Areas like - Jahangirpuri, some areas of North and East Delhi are facing limited supply of water.
Further, the DJB has also confirmed that the quantity of ammonia in water has measured more than twice to its permissible limit. “At present the ammonia level is 2.3 Parts Per Million (PPM) whereas the permissible limit is 0.9 (PPM),” a DJB official said.
A bench comprising Justices Jawad Rahim and SP Wangdi ordered the apex pollution monitoring body to take the samples and detect the levels of ammonia and other pollutants at Pajewala in Haryana, Wazirabad water treatment plant, Okhla and ITO barrage in Delhi.
“We are of the opinion that let CPCB collect samples of water at these points as mentioned in the map given by the DJB. The report shall contain analysis with respect to ammonia and other pollutants and be submitted on February 16, the next date of hearing,” the Bench said.
The DJB, which supplies water to the city, on Monday approached the tribunal demanding that Haryana be asked to take urgent steps to check the “dangerous level of ammonia” in the River Yamuna.
The petition claimed that the water being released by the State was so polluted that it cannot be treated for drinking.
It may cause “a huge and irreparable loss to the residents of Delhi and has a potential for a grave health crisis and water crisis in the National Capital Region (NCR)”, DJB said.
The tribunal had on Monday asked the Haryana Government to file its response to DJB’s plea seeking immediate steps to reduce the blackish colour and foul smell of the water being supplied to the Wazirabad pond from the State.
The petition also claimed that when the water enters Haryana, the ammonia level is nil and very much treatable, whereas when the water enters Delhi, the level is very high.
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