SC asks CPCB to apprise about steps taken to clean Yamuna
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to apprise it within two weeks about the steps taken by it to protect and prevent pollution of river Yamuna.
A bench comprising justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar also wanted to know from the CPCB about the directions issued by it to the state pollution control boards of Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on the issue.
CPCB counsel Vijay Panjwani said that the Board has been asking the state pollution control boards from time to time about the steps they have to take for the upkeep of the river.
The bench adjourned the hearing for two weeks asking the Board to file its report.
The apex court has been monitoring the development to make Yamuna free from pollution since 1994 when it suo motu took cognizance of a news report in a daily about the alarming condition of the river.
During the last hearing on July 11, the court had described the MCD as "the biggest polluter" of Yamuna.
It had warned that all the three commissioners of MCD would have to appear before the court if it persisted with not taking steps to check the pollution.
The apex court had told the MCD counsel to take a clear stand on the efforts being made by it along with other agencies to clean the river.
On February 27, the apex court had asked the Centre and the governments of Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to furnish information on expenditure incurred by them for cleaning Yamuna.
It had asked the Board to take sample of water of Yamuna and submit a report on its cleanliness.
It directed all the authorities related to the work of controlling the river's pollution to give details of the steps taken by them in this regard.