The Supreme Court has instructed the governments of Haryana and Delhi to present their status reports on Yamuna river pollution in court, which is anticipated to take place on Wednesday. The hearing on this matter is scheduled for October 3rd. During the proceedings on Tuesday under the title ‘Remediation of Polluted Rivers,’ the apex court noted that issues related to the pollution of the Yamuna river, along with matters concerning coastal areas and remedial measures, lie before it.
The bench comprising Justice A. S. Bopanna and Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra commented that it would be appropriate to segregate these issues and subsequently hold a hearing, enabling the effective implementation of remedial measures. Thus, we understand it’s fitting to address the issue related to Yamuna river pollution first. The governments of Haryana and Delhi will be required to file separate status reports in connection with this matter. Regarding the coastal areas, the bench indicated that the issue will be taken up separately, and a later date will be fixed for that purpose.
On January 13, 2021, the apex court had taken cognizance of the contamination of rivers due to sewage and waste. At that time, the court had emphasized that pollution-free water is a fundamental right under the constitutional framework and that a welfare state is ‘obliged’ to ensure it. The Supreme Court had issued notices to various entities, including the Central Government, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and five states, including Delhi and Haryana, on this issue.