NGT slaps 25 crore fine on Delhi government for failing to curb air pollution


NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday asked the Delhi government to deposit Rs 25 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for their failure to curb the problem of pollution in the city.

The overall Air Quality Index was oscillating between ‘moderate’, ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ category for the past few days in the national capital.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked the AAP government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore with the apex pollution monitoring body to ensure that there is no further lapse in this regard.

The bench said its clear directions, there is hardly any action for compliance of orders of the tribunal and pollution continues unabated in blatant violation of law and under the nose of the authorities, ‘who have hardly done anything concrete except furnishing excuses and helplessness’.

The tribunal was hearing pleas filed by Mundka village resident Satish Kumar and Tikri-Kalan native Mahavir Singh.

They alleged, pollution caused by burning of plastic, leather, rubber, motor engine oil and other waste materials and continuous operation of illegal industrial units dealing with such articles on agricultural lands in Mundka and Neelwal villages.

Earlier, the tribunal had directed the Delhi chief secretary to co-ordinate with the concerned municipal authorities, police authorities and other officers responsible for compliance of orders of this tribunal already passed referred to ensure compliance at the ground-level forthwith.

It had asked the chief secretary to hold a joint meeting with the persons considered responsible for compliance and till the orders remain un-complied, continue to hold such meetings at least once a month.

Taking cognizance of the prevailing situation, a bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Charman Justice Adarash Kumar Goel, on November 13, formed a committee to keep an eye on the activities leading to degradation of the environment.

The tribunal has appointed formal Delhi High court judge Justice S P Garg to oversee the working of the newly formed committee.

With inputs from PTI


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