Bailable warrant has been issued by National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in the matter of harvesting rain water in the areas along the metro train tracks under its control.
The warrant was issued by the bench of NGT headed by UD Salvi after no one appeared before the tribunal on behalf of DMRC to acknowledge and discuss the possibility of rain water harvesting at certain sites.
It was held in the order of NGT that since no one appeared on behalf of DMRC despite the order of NGT dated 4.12.2017 mandating the appearance on behalf of DMRC and consequently bailable warrant is being issued against the Managing Director in sum of Rs 20,000 by exercising the powers of tribunal under section 19(4)(a) of National Green Tribunal Act, 2010.
The matter was instituted on the complaint of an environmental activist Vikrant Tongad against the government and private agencies on rain water harvesting in 2013. It has been suggested by him that since the area come under the jurisdiction of DMRC, it can be used for harvesting rain water.
The NGT was informed that there are some areas in which rain water harvesting is possible while in other areas the same is not possible on 4.12.2017
The DMRC was asked to be present and explain why in certain places it is not possible and so the NGT ordered on 4 December that the senior official of DMRC to appear before the tribunal.
It was held by NGT that since no one is present on behalf of DMRC hence, the bailable warrant is issued.
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