The rain water harvesting plants are yet to be made functional in 274 private schools in the city.
New Delhi: Over 600 private schools in the national capital may lose their recognition if they do not deposit Rs 5 lakh environmental compensation for failing to install rainwater harvesting system mandated by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), according to Delhi government officials.
The NGT had, in 2017, directed all Delhi government and private schools as well as colleges to install rainwater harvesting systems in their premises within two months at their own cost.
The green panel had stated that any institution, which failed to install the rainwater harvesting system within the stipulated period, would be liable to pay environmental compensation of `5 lakh.
“Taking cognisance of the non-compliance of the earlier directions, 605 private schools were found defaulters of either not having rainwater harvesting system installed or having a yet-to-be-made-functional system,” said an official of the Directorate of Education (DoE).
While construction has not started at 331 private schools, the rain water harvesting plants are yet to be made functional in 274 private schools in the city.
“The National Green Tribunal had asked the Directorate of Education , in February this year, to direct the defaulting schools to deposit the compensation within two weeks. Most of the schools did not comply with the order. We have issued final notices to the schools to deposit the compensation within three days. This shall be treated as the final opportunity, failing which further necessary action for withdrawal of recognition of concerned schools shall be taken without any further opportunity,” the official added.
Earlier, the National Green Tribunal had directed schools and colleges to approach a committee constituted by it for inspection of premises and grant of permission to institutions for operating the system.
“If it was not possible to install the rainwater harvesting system, the institution should have approached the committee,” the NGT said.