Delhi govt fined Rs 25 crore for air pollution; officials to pay penalty, say reports
New Delhi: Coming down hard on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today imposed a fine of Rs 25 crore for failing to curb the rising level of air toxicity and air pollution.
Further issuing stern warning, the green body said that a fine of Rs 10 crore will be imposed every month if Delhi government fails to act in earnest and pay Rs 25 crore.
According to an Indian Express report, the government officials in the Delhi government will also face the heat as the amount will have to deducted from salaries of government officials and those doing harm to the environment.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the AAP government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore with the apex pollution monitoring body to ensure that there is no further lapse in this regard.
The development comes in the wake of the Supreme Court asking the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prosecute government officials for not acting on around 250 complaints received by it from citizens. In its November order, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta had said officials who have failed to act on the complaints need to be prosecuted.
“Why don’t you prosecute these officials? You should prosecute them. Let these people realise what they have done,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the CPCB.
Many people groups, social activists had complained to the green panel that the plastic use remains unabated causing grievous harm to the air quality.