The Supreme Court has stayed a National Green
Tribunal (NGT) order imposing a penalty of Rs 5 lakh each on educational
institutions in Delhi for failing to install rainwater harvesting systems. The
Supreme Court’s order came in the backdrop of a plea filed by the Delhi
government and others which had challenged NGT’s order.
In November 2017, the NGT had said that any institution
which fails to install rainwater harvesting system within two months would be
liable to pay environment compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
The NGT had also constituted a committee
comprising representatives from the Central Ground Water Authority, Delhi Jal
Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and other departments.
NGT had directed schools and colleges to
approach the committee for inspecting the premises and granting permission to
institutions for operating the rainwater harvesting system. The committee was
entrusted with providing exemption certificates in case it was absolutely not
feasible to install such systems.
Established in 2010, the NGT is responsible for the
disposal of cases related to environmental protection, conservation of forests
and other natural resources.