New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Friday said the Supreme Court is taking "very seriously" the issue of cleaning Yamuna river. "This is something which courts, in particular the Supreme Court is taking very very seriously and, particularly the river Yamuna, we are taking it very seriously," the CJI said. Justice Kabir was addressing the students at Jamia Milia Islamia University at the inaugural function of 4th National Moot Court Competition in which 34 teams from various law universities from across the county are participating.
Referring to the statement of Pro Vice Chancellor Syed Mohammad Rashid on Yamuna, he said, "It has been referred that the mighty Yamuna is just a dirty drain. There are various plans to clean it, the first being the setting up of more sewage treatment plants on the bank of the river." The CJI touched the topic of cleaning of Yamuna on the "impassioned prayer" of the Pro Vice Chancellor that the courts must do something regarding water crisis in the country and the situation of Yamuna river as it passes through Delhi.
"Living in Delhi, one must be knowing what the population of the city is like and the entire sewage is coming to Yamuna. As a result Yamuna is becoming chocked. "There are plans for bypass canals which would be directed to the Sewage Treatment Plants where the sewage water would be treated and then let into the river," he added. The CJI said the cleaning method would be like a bypass surgery where the middle path is closed but the sideways are open and then gradually the middle path is cleaned out.
Speaking on the occasion, he also advised the law students to be ethical and adopt sincerity, care, compassion and integrity in their professional life. The CJI also emphasised on the importance of alternate dispute redressal mechanisms like legal aid, arbitration and mediation.