SMA CO-OP INDUSTRIAL ESTATE LTD AND ANR Vs. GOVERNMENT OF N C T OF DELHI
LAWS(DLH)-2007-3-285
HIGH COURT OF DELHI
Decided on March 12,2007

SMA CO-OP INDUSTRIAL ESTATE LTD AND ANR Appellant
VERSUS
GOVERNMENT OF N C T OF DELHI Respondents

JUDGEMENT

- (1.) By an order dated 01.08.2003, a direction had been given to carry out a joint inspection for the purposes of ascertaining the true position with regard to the contamination of drinking water in the S.M.A. Industrial Estate. On that date, the learned Counsel for the petitioner had placed a letter dated 18.07.2003, which had been issued by the Executive Engineer and which indicated that the work of laying of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) for the SMA Industrial Estate had been completed and that the water lines damaged during the execution of the work had been repaired and that the factory owners were getting clean drinking water. Since this fact was disputed by the learned Counsel for the petitioner, the above joint inspection was directed to be carried out. Thereafter, various proceedings took place and culminated in the final report of inspection which was filed alongwith the affidavit of the Chairman of the Inspecting Committee sometime in September, 2006. The concluding portion of the Inspection Report reads as under: Conclusion and Recommendation From the above and the record submitted, it is evident that the water coming in the society s premises was found to be contaminated. The water supply lines have been laid unerground and as such during inspection it was not possible to find/judge the location at which the sewage or industrial waste is finding its way into the water supply system. A thorough checking of the whole system is required to be done to ascertain the exact location. The water supply system of the area was laid way back in 1997 (as intimated by the society members) and there may be possibility of leakage through joints also. The officers of Delhi Jal Board contend that the water supply system inside the SMA Cooperative Industrial Estate was neither laid by them nor they have been maintaining the same as these have not been handed over to them till date. They have only provided a bulk water connection near KDR Showroom on G.T. Road and at that point the quality of water is satisfactory and the same is being checked regularly. Thus the officers of Delhi Jal Board are of the view that they are not responsible for contamination of water taking place in the society beyond the bulk connection. The matter is however, of grave concern and is required to be attended to on priority to avoid any untoward incident. It is, therefore, suggested that the water supply lines of the SMA Society may be handed over by the society to Delhi Jal Board for maintenance purposes so that it becomes the wholesole responsibility of Delhi Jal Board to make available the clean water to the factories / societies. The report is submitted for kind consideration. DIRECTOR (DEMS) Chairman of Inspection Team
(2.) The learned Counsel for the petitioner drew my attention to a letter dated 23.07.2002 written by the SMA Manufacturers Welfare Association to the Executive Engineer (Water), Delhi Jal Board. In this letter, it was notified to the Jal Board for the first time that while laying down the sewer lines in the SMA Industrial Estate for the purposes of the CET Plant, damage to the water lines was done as a result of which polluted water was seeping into the drinking water pipe lines. The Association requested the Delhi Jal Board to take immediate action for replacing the lines which were damaged.
(3.) In response, the Delhi Jal Board told the SMA Manufacturer s Welfare Association that the water line opposite C-10, SMA Industrial Estate was broken and a lot of water was going waste and that the same should be repaired at the earliest.;


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