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Air pollution: NGT slaps 25 crore fine on Delhi govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Monday asked the government to deposit Rs 25 crore with the Control Board (CPCB) for their failure to curb the problem of in the city.

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

It said despite 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 green panel said that even after more than four-and-a-half years, the complaint of the aggrieved parties is that the pollution caused by the unregulated handling of plastic continues to remain unabated.

The tribunal was hearing pleas filed by Mundka village resident and Tikri-Kalan native Mahavir Singh alleging pollution caused by burning of plastic, leather, rubber, and other waste materials and continuous operation of illegal industrial units dealing with such articles on agricultural lands in Mundka and Neelwal villages.

The tribunal had earlier directed the 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 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.

"It will be open to the to seek feedback from concerned inhabitants about the ground situation," the NGT had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:55 IST
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