New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal will hear on Friday a scientist’s petition to shut down the Delhi Secretariat building on the ground that it violates mandatory pollution control norms.
Mahendra Pandey, who was previously associated with the Central Pollution Control Board as a scientist, has alleged that the Secretariat building has not applied for Consent to Establish and Consent to Operate under the laws relating to control of air and water pollution.
Advocate Gaurav Bansal mentioned the matter before a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, who agreed to hear it on Friday.
The Secretariat building currently houses the Aam Aadmi Party government.
The former scientist says the Secretariat is one of the major sources of polluting the Yamuna, as it generates 100,000 litres of sewage per day along with waste water, which is untreated.
Pandey has said that Delhi Secretariat cannot operate unless it has “No Objection Certificate” under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
He has alleged that, on the one hand, the Delhi government is introducing “even-odd scheme” for cars on the roads to reduce air pollution in the capital, and on the other, its own secretariat does not have statutory NOCs.
This shows the Delhi government’s “dual character” and how serious it is on the issue of implementation of green laws.
”Stop the electricity supply to the Delhi Secretariat building as provided under Section 31 A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
”Direct the Delhi Jal Board to stop the water supply in the Delhi Secretariat building as provided under Section 33 A of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974,” the plea said while seeking imposition of “exemplary cost” on Delhi Government in line with ‘polluter pays’ principle,” the petitioner said.