NGT Tears Into Delhi's Action Plan On Pollution, Says You Want Others To Do Everything
The Delhi government on December 6 issued the standard operating procedure (SOP) to all the authorities concerned, including the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Public Works department (PWD) and civic bodies, for taking immediate measures to combat air pollution in the national capital. The measures include sprinkling of water on the city roads and action against the polluting vehicles.
The state environment department has asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), the industry department, sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) and assistant commissioners of police (ACPs) to ensure that the ban on diesel generator sets (with the exceptions as defined by the DPCC for essential services) was enforced in their respective areas.
"All municipal commissioners, DDA vice-chairman, NDMC chairman, divisional commissioners, member secretary (DPCC) will send all the staff to take stock of garbage burning throughout the city," the department said in a written communication.
Besides, the environment department has asked the special commissioner (traffic) and commissioner (transport) to intensify the drive against the polluting vehicles in the national capital.
On the same day, the National Green Tribunal slammed the Delhi government and the neighbouring states over their action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city, and directed them to file a detailed document to tackle with the problem by tomorrow.
The NGT expressed dissatisfaction over the Delhi government's action plan, which was submitted on December 6, and observed that "it wanted all the things to be done by the others".
The tribunal observed that air pollution was never at the "normal level" in the national capital and directed the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan to file the action plan afresh.
"What are your plans to tackle the pollution level since it is never at the normal level in the national capital? You all (states) tell us what steps you will take at what level of pollution. What are your normal steps to check pollution," an NGT Bench said.
It directed the chief secretary of the Delhi government to sit with all officials concerned and come up with a comprehensive plan by December 7.
The counsel for the Delhi government filed the plan which recommended implementation of the odd-even plan, ban on construction works and disallowing the children from playing outside when the air quality turns severe.
The NGT had earlier lashed out at the Delhi government for not filing a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city.
With inputs from Housing News