New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to conduct a joint inspection on rising pollution level in Yamuna River in the national capital and NCR region.

The Apex court has asked the agencies to submit the final inspection report within three weeks. The court has also appointed an amicus curie who will facilitate in the joint inspection. The court has fixed the next date of hearing of the case on November 30.

CPCB counsel, Vijay Panjwan told the court that the cumulative assessment of all parameters of water quality indicates that river Yamuna is not conforming to the desired levels and the river more or less resembles like the drain, especially after the Wazirabad area in Delhi.

“Only 63 percent of the sewage treatment plants are operational at present in the region,” CPCB informed the Apex Court.
Notably, the Supreme Court has been monitoring the cleaning up operations in the river for the past 18 years.

It is worth mentioning that the Apex Court had in October directed the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments to specify the exact amount of money spent on the river for the clean up operation. The governments made very sparking revelations that over Rs 4,000 crore were spent in 18 years.

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