The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi chief secretary to convene a meeting of all deputy commissioners for installation of rainwater harvesting systems in residential and commercial buildings on plots of 100 square metres and above within a month. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed all the deputy commissioners to ensure that rainwater harvesting systems are duly installed in every building and ensure that an effective mechanism is put in place.
“The steps already taken or proposed to be taken may be discussed in the said meeting so as to make the installation of rainwater harvesting system a reality on the ground. After the systems are installed, the same must be maintained and remain effective. Effective monitoring mechanism may be put in place in a suitable manner,” the bench, also comprising justices Jawad Rahim and R S Rathore, said in an order passed yesterday.
The green panel also directed the chief secretary to file an affidavit on the issue within two months.
The direction came while disposing a 2013 plea by environmentalist Vikrant Kumar Tongad, who had sought directions to the DMRC to “install proper rainwater harvesting system” on all its existing, proposed and under-construction metro stations, tracks and depots.
The green panel, however, had widened the ambit of the petition and incorporated various other institutions such as hospitals, hotels and malls. The tribunal had earlier slapped fines on four real estate developers here after it was found that rainwater harvesting system installed on their premises was not functional.