Delhi Pollution Control Committee: STP functional at Smriti Van Park: Report | Delhi News


New Delhi: The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has submitted a report to the National Green Tribunal on the condition of the Machliwala pond at Smriti Van in Vasant Kunj, South Delhi. On April 19, TOI had pointed out how the pond was failing several pollution parameters in tests conducted by the Delhi Jal Board. On the direction of NGT, DPCC visited the water body. In its report dated July 2, it said, “Delhi Jal Board has submitted its reply on 14.05.2024, in which it has confirmed that the sewage treatment plant installed at Smriti Van Park, Vasant Kunj, is subject to normal annual After maintenance, DJB also said that it has no role in fishpond maintenance. DJB did not submit the treated effluent analysis report sought by DPCC Further, a reply is awaited from the DDA.” The NGT will next hear the matter on July 8 in the 1,045 water bodies registered with the Delhi Wetland Authority. In 2022, a DPCC team inspected the pond and declared it dirty after a resident complained about the pollution and smell coming from the pond. It found that the STP at the site was inefficient, its log book was not maintained and sewage from the adjacent area was discharged directly into the pond along with garbage and plastic waste. Is. In January this year, a tribunal bench headed by the NGT headed by Chairperson Justice Prakash Shrivastava noted the lack of maintenance of Michaliwala pond. When TOI visited the area in April, the pond was smelly and the water there was polluted as noted by the NGT and later by the DPCC. Local residents told TOI that the condition of the pond, which used to be a natural pond and was very clean, has been in the same state of disrepair for many years. Four months later in April, a report assessed by TOI indicated that it was too high. Faecal coliform levels, biochemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids in the pond, confirm its degradation. The TSS level was 3,026 mg/l, much higher than the safe limit of 10 mg/l. The coliform level, which indicates the presence of raw sewage and human excreta in the water, was more than 2.4 lakh crore units, which was more than the permissible limit of 5,000 MPN/100ml (highest possible number). Its water was unfit for any purpose. The BOD level of the pond was 490 mg/l against the acceptable standard of 3mg/l. The report described the smell of the pond as “sewage smell” and the color as “black”.

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