SC notice to Haryana over pollution in Yamuna

SC notice to Haryana over pollution in Yamuna

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 13

Taking cognisance of the pollution in the Yamuna, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Haryana Government after the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) alleged that water containing high pollutants was being released in the river from the state.

“We are issuing notice without argument. We are taking suo motu cognisance of pollution in the entire Yamuna river,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said as the DJB pointed out that the water released by Haryana into the Yamuna had pollutants, including high ammonia content which becomes carcinogenic after mixing with chlorine.

The Bench appointed senior advocate Meenakshi Arora as amicus curiae to assist it in hearing the case and posted the matter for further hearing on Tuesday.

The DJB usually halts water supply in Delhi when the ammonia content in water rises. It has moved court seeking a direction to Haryana to ensure that pollutant-free water was released in the river.

They have to have an ammonia treatment plan in Haryana. The National Green Tribunal had said that their STP at Sonepat is not working, Arora said.

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