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National Green Tribunal Asks State Governments To File Detailed Action Plan On Tackling Air Pollution

The National Green Tribunal’s direction comes after air quality in the National Capital Region has been deteriorating since the last week of November

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  • NGT asks for a plan from Delhi, Haryana and Punjab to tackle air pollution
  • Delhi filed an action plan during proceedings to tackle air pollution
  • NGT earlier directed pollution control boards to monitor air quality

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal today directed the Delhi, Haryana and Punjab governments to file a detailed action plan by tomorrow to tackle air pollution. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the direction while observing that the air quality in the national capital was never normal.

You all (states) tell us what steps you will take at what level of pollution. What are your normal steps to check pollution? the bench asked.

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During the proceeding, Delhi government filed an action plan to tackle the problems recommending ban on construction activities and entry of trucks and implementation of odd-even plan, among other steps. However, the bench asked the Delhi government counsel to file a detailed report, also including details of exemptions given in the vehicle-rationing plan.

The NGT had on December 4 lashed out at the Delhi government for not filing a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city and slammed authorities for holding the India-Sri Lanka cricket match despite bad air quality. On November 28, it had asked the AAP government and four neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to submit an action plan on tackling pollution.

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It had earlier directed the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and every state pollution control boards to file ambient air quality analysis before the tribunal on a monthly basis and also put up on their websites to enable the concerned authority to take effective steps to control air pollution.

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