Harness rain water, tribunal tells Delhi Metro

The DMRC and six other government agencies have been issued notice for non-compliance of water harvesting on its railway stations in Delhi and NCR towns.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and six other government agencies for non-compliance of water harvesting on its railway stations in Delhi and NCR towns.

Concerned over depleting ground water in Delhi and in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Greater Noida, environmentalist Vikrant Tongad approached the National Green Tribunal seeking directions to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) to install rain water harvesting system at all its stations and depots in Delhi and NCR.

On its first hearing April 11, the NGT issued notice to the seven respondents to file their replies by May 6. The petition states that the average rooftop area of each metro station is approximately 1,000 square metres. There are about 106 stations, where rooftop water harvesting can be installed, which would help collect at least 1.96 crore litres of water each year.

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