Delhi: Debris dumped on Yamuna floodplain, FIR filed

Delhi: 12 July, 2021 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: Construction debris was found to be dumped on the Yamuna floodplain near CWG village on Sunday in violation of the order of National Green Tribunal (NGT). Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said that the debris is being removed and an FIR has been lodged in the matter.
According to an NGT order of 2015, dumping of any kind of waste or construction and demolition debris on Yamuna floodplain is banned. Anyone found violating the order is liable to pay an environmental compensation up to Rs 50,000.
Bhim Singh Rawat, a Yamuna activist and part of South Asia Network on Dams, River and People (SANDRP), who raised the matter on social media said, “Construction debris has been dumped on Yamuna floodplains in violation of NGT order. Those who are involved in the illegal dumping of debris should be booked.” Rawat also shared the images of debris lying on the floodplain.

DDA, which is tasked by NGT to remove encroachment from Yamuna floodplain, alleged that some miscreants dumped the debris. “An agency has been working at the project side,” said an official.

A spokesperson of DDA said, “The malba is dumped by some illegal miscreants and the action is being taken to remove it on Sunday. Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged in this regard against the miscreants.”
In February 2020, the images of construction debris on the Yamuna floodplains under Nizamuddin Bridge appeared on social media. Both the Central Pollution Control Board and Yamuna Monitoring Committee (now dissolved) had sought an action taken report in the matter from DDA.

“Floodplains play an important role in maintaining the flow of the river, help recharge groundwater and provide a habitat for aquatic biodiversity-the most significant sign of a river’s health,” Yamuna Monitoring Committee had observed in its final report.