Two days after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered a slew of measures to tackle air pollution in the capital -taking note of a TOI campaign -it indicated its dissatisfaction with the response of government agencies by slamming both the Centre and Delhi administration.
“Despite orders from the highest court of the land, there is hardly any improvement in the ambient air quality of NCT of Delhi. In fact, it has already been noticed in our previous order that it has gone from bad to worse. The present state of affairs cannot be permitted to persist any longer,“ the bench headed by NGT chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar said in a stern warning on Friday .
The bench has summoned about 13 government FULL COVERAGE: P 2 agencies, including the ministry of environment, forests and climate change, and various departments of the Delhi government on December 2 for a “consultative and deliberated approach“ with stakeholders to “resolve an issue of…greatest public welfare effecting the environment.“ The bench had in its pre vious hearing of the same petition–Vardhaman Kaushik Vs Union of India–issued a 14-point order.The one that could have the most far-reaching effect was that all vehicles–petrol or diesel–that are more than 15 years old shall not be allowed to ply on the roads, and wherever such vehicles are noticed, they will be seized under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act.