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Check wastage of water: NGT to DJB

The DJB needs to check the excessive use of water under the free water policy, says NGT Bench
Check wastage of water: NGT to DJB

New Delhi, September 11

Noting that several housing societies were misusing the AAP government’s scheme of providing 20,000 litres of water each month free of cost, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to take effective steps to prevent wastage of water. 

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted that after availing the required quantity of 20,000 liters free of cost, these societies start extracting groundwater by using borewells to avoid water tariffs. 

“The free water policy of providing 20,000 litres of water free per month also results in excessive use of water. DJB needs to ensure that treated waste water is mandatorily utilised as its release without any use is a colossal waste of public exchequer,” said the Bench. 

The panel also directed the DJB to prepare an action plan in consultation with local bodies or any other expert to ensure that rain water harvesting systems are installed in all government buildings. — PTI

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