17 DMRC Metro stations to get Rain Water Harvesting Systems

New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Thursday informed the National Green Tribunal that it will set up rainwater harvesting systems at 17 Metro stations. It also said it will not set up the systems at 27 other stations due to lack of space.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson, Justice Swatanter Kumar, had asked DMRC in October last year why rainwater harvesting systems (RWHS) cannot be installed in several of its stations. DMRC assured the tribunal that it is “planning to physically execute the work at the 17 stations progressively by March 2015”.

The North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations have stated in their affidavits that they grant completion certificates to a building constructed on a plot of 100 sq m or more only if the structure fulfils the criteria of having a RWHS. Without a completion certificate, “no person is permitted to occupy or can permit to occupy any such building”, the two corporations have said.

During the hearing, Delhi Pollution Control Committee sought more time to complete their inspection of government departments, hospitals and residential buildings, to check if they have installed RWHS and whether they are functional.