Environment

NGT warns DMRC of halting services over groundwater withdrawal

DELHI: The National Green Tribunal warned of halting the capital’s metro services as it slammed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for not complying with its order on extraction of groundwater without permission.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar took strong exception on the issue of metro stations extracting ground water without due permission on October 26.

The green panel directed the Environment Ministry, Central Ground Water Authority, DMRC, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and advocate Kush Sharma, counsel for the applicant, to jointly find out how many stations were withdrawing groundwater without proper permission and sort the approvals.

“Just because you are DMRC doesn’t give you license to extract water without permission. You people sit together and find out how many stations are operating with or without requisite permission…You sort it out, or else we will stop the running of these trains ,” the bench observed.

The matter was listed for next hearing on November 17.

DJB had earlier told the tribunal that it has not granted permission to the DMRC for extraction of ground water but the metro company has installed 276 borewells across the national capital for which it has no permission.

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