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Yamuna River in New Delhi, India. (Pollution, environmental, Scavengers at work in the Yamuna at Qudesia Ghat, Boat, Garbage)

By NewsGram Staff Writer

The National Green Tribunal yesterday said that every Delhi resident is responsible for polluting the river Yamuna and therefore every household will have to pay a certain amount of money each month as environment compensation. This amount can either be added to the property tax or utility bills.

“The monthly compensation payable by all the households in Delhi would be directly proportional to the property tax or water bill, whichever is higher, payable by such households. Where the household or person is not paying water bills and property tax and are located in unauthorized colonies, in that event, such household shall pay the sum of Rs 100 or Rs 500 per month as the case may be. This amount would be determined by the authority concerned with reference to the construction, existing on the plot,” the NGT’s order stated.

“We direct DJB and all municipal corporations, Cantonment Board, electricity companies like BSES and all other civic authorities to take environmental compensation from every household, which is generating sewage in Delhi on the polluters pay principle. It will be irrespective of whether a household is sewered or not,” the order said.

This compensation will help the Delhi Jal board’s ambitious plan of establishing and repairing 15 sewage treatment plants (STPs).

The Delhi Jal Board has to also submit a complete action plan and time-frame for completion of the first phase of the project “Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna” Revitalisation Plan, 2017 within one week’s time. Work on the Najafgarh drain will be taken up in the first phase, the tribunal ordered.

Earlier, the  tribunal had ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone throwing material, including religious items, into Yamuna.

 

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Delhi Sees More Number of Dengue Cases This Winter Than The Last One

In 2015, Delhi saw its worst dengue outbreak with more than 11,800 cases and 60 deaths, according to the city's civic bodies

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A new municipal report suggests that dengue cases have increased in the months of November and December this year compared to 2017.

According to the weekly report by the MCD released on Monday, 1,062 dengue cases were recorded in November 2018 while it was 816 in 2017. Even in December 2017, only 81 cases were reported in the national capital while this year 117 cases have already been reported till December 15. Forty-two fresh cases have been registered in the past one week.

So far, four deaths caused by dengue have been confirmed in Delhi which includes a 13-year-old girl from Wazirabad area. The other three cases are reported to be from west and north Delhi.

However, as per the report, 2,774 people have been diagnosed with the vector-borne disease in Delhi so far in 2018. However, the number is less than what it was in 2017 — 4,704.

Delhi sees more dengue cases this winter than last.

In 2015, Delhi saw its worst dengue outbreak with more than 11,800 cases and 60 deaths, according to the city’s civic bodies.

As for malaria, only one new case surfaced last week taking the toll to two till now for the month. In November, 33 malaria cases were reported in the city, according to the municipal report. So far, 473 malaria cases have come to light, while in 2017 it was 575.

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No new cases of chikungunya were reported this week keeping the total number of cases at 3 in the national capital while in November, there were 28 cases. Till date, a total of 164 chikungunya cases have been reported in the city compared to 551 in 2017. (IANS)