A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the order after the lawyer, appearing for DDCA, refuted the allegations that it was using RO water © Getty Images
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the order after the lawyer, appearing for DDCA, refuted the allegations that it was using RO water © Getty Images

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to file its response within two weeks on an NGO’s plea alleging that it was using the Reverse Osmosis-treated (RO) drinking water for maintaining the Feroz Shah Kotla ground. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the order after the lawyer, appearing for DDCA, refuted the allegations that it was using RO water. “Let reply be filed within two weeks,” the bench said while posting the matter for next hearing on August 10. DDCA should provide corporate membership, says vice-president CK Khanna

Citing a news report, the NGO, Friends, had said that DDCA was using RO-treated water for the upkeep of Feroz Shah Kotla ground. “Every drop that flows out of DDCA’s taps is RO treated, whether it is for cleaning utensils or toilets. At a time when many states are facing drought, it’s very disturbing that DDCA is using water in such a manner,” the plea had said. DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan’s statement recorded against Arvind Kejriwal

It also alleged that power discom Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) which has installed RO water plants in 31 educational institutions, was wasting groundwater through these plants to the tune of around 750 litres of water an hour. The green panel had, thereafter, issued notices to DDCA, Delhi Jal Board and Tata Power Delhi Distribution on the plea of the NGO. DDCA avoid Supreme Court’s orders to protect their erring officials

Meanwhile, DDCA vice president CK Khanna has proposed it offers membership to corporate houses to improve its financial position and offer more opportunities to budding players. “I propose the following proposal for consideration of the executive committee of DDCA as per article 3 of the articles of association of the DDCA. We can invite corporate companies of repute to become members by paying a one-time membership fee,” Khanna said in a letter to the DDCA’s executive committee on Thursday, reported IANS.