The Delhi High Court has directed the Haryana Government to furnish its reply by February 4 on the increasing level of pollution in the Yamuna.
In case the reply was found to be unsatisfactory, Haryana would appoint a high-level committee to look into the issue. The court made these observations while hearing a plea of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on rising ammonia levels in the river.
The court issued notice to the Manohar Lal Khattar government, directing it to file an explanation on the issues raised by the Delhi Government. The Principal Secretary of Haryana was told to file an affidavit bearing his signatures.
The court had taken a strong view of the matter in view of the fact that it affected the drinking water supply in Delhi. The petition was filed after the quality of raw water again deteriorated at the Wazirabad pond since January 25.
'A reply by Haryana has to be given to the DJB by February 4 and the matter is listed for hearing in court the next day,' said the Delhi Government. The DJB counsel told the court that the discharge of industrial waste and high level of pollutants into the Yamuna in Haryana was a perpetual problem, causing suffering to residents of the national capital.
The present ammonia level in the Yamuna was 02.2 parts per million, due to which 30 per cent water production had been curtailed at the water plants in Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla and rationalisation of drinking water done at other plants.
This was due to the discharge of industrial waste and high level of pollutants into the Yamuna in Haryana, according to the Delhi Government.