The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for not making any “meaningful progress on the ground” pertaining to the cleaning of river Yamuna.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson A.K. Goel said, “In spite of proceedings in the case in the last three years, there is no meaningful progress at the ground level. It is undisputed that the work for the 14 STPs [sewage treatment plants] has not even begun at the site. It does appear that the present in-charge may not be competent enough to handle the issue.”

However, the Bench did not pass any orders and said that it was subject to modification depending on whether the officials concerned are able to satisfy the tribunal. “Today we are in a failure situation. We do not want incompetent people who have failed us, the people and the country,” the Bench said.

The observations came when the submissions made by the DJB regarding the delay in the installation of sewage treatment plants, failed to satisfy the Bench.

The Bench asked the DJB CEO to suggest names of officers who would ensure that work pertaining to the installation would start without delay. The officer has also been asked to file an affidavit pertaining to the same.

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