Delhi Government's Failure to Curb Air Pollution Invites Rs 25 Crore Fine

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 4, 2018

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday fined the Delhi government 25 crore for failing to take action to curb pollution in the capital, despite clear directions from the tribunal to do so.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also 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.

This order follows on the heels of a Supreme Court directive to the CPCB to prosecute government officials who failed to respond to more than 250 complaints from citizens about Delhi's deteriorating air quality. A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta passed this order last month to the errant officials "realise what they have done".

Representational image of Delhi pollution.

In an affidavit, the CPCB said that 52 teams of personnel had attended to 500 of the 749 complaints received by the board till November 22 as part of its clean air campaign in Delhi. Alleging that these bodies have remained "dormant", Lal said that the Delhi Development Authority and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi are not "properly implementing" the tribunal's orders.

And on Monday, the air quality in Delhi oscillated between "poor" and "very poor" categories due to local pollutants as authorities predicted a further rise in the pollution level. The CPCB recorded an overall AQI of 314, which falls in the "very poor" category.

Ghaziabad and Noida recorded "very poor" air quality. Delhi's air quality has been in the "very poor" category for the past one week but on Saturday it had improved to "poor" category for a brief period.

The PM2.5 (fine particulate matter in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre) level was recorded at 174 and the PM10 level at 358, it said.

The centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) said the air quality in the national capital is "very poor" and at present there is "insignificant intrusion (of pollutants) from outside of Delhi".

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