NGT warns of warrants against state chief secretaries
New Delhi: Coming down heavily on seven states for increasing pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), on Monday, has asked the chief secretaries of the respective states to furnish data by Tuesday about the most polluted city failing which warrant will be issued against them.
NGT passed this stricture during hearing of an application about pollution in fifteen cities. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has submitted the air quality data of fifteen cities to NGT during the hearing today.
Heavy Industries Ministry had moved an intervention application in NGT against the ban of Diesel vehicles in eleven major cities. The tribunal on Monday directed the states to come up with exact figures regarding the number of vehicles commuting in particular cities along with the total population.
NGT was strict enough to say that “counsels of the respective states should be present in the next hearing with complete data and if not, warrant will be issued against the state chief secretary”.
NGT Seeks Pollution Data
In the wake of increasing air pollution in eleven major cities in India, NGT had asked to submit air quality report of these cities with it until May 30. The cities included: Lucknow, Patna, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kanpur, Jalandhar, Varanasi and Amritsar.
State governments have completely failed to curb the pollution level in these cities, which forced NGT to come in action. Sources say that government is not in favour to ban the manufacturing of new diesel vehicles.
Automobile industries provide employment opportunities to over 3cr people at present and the number would just double till 2019.