Green bench asks govt. for pollution data

May 12, 2016 12:00 am | Updated September 12, 2016 12:37 pm IST - NEW DELHI

: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday came down heavily on the “laxity” shown by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in providing the final report on the ambient air quality recorded during the recently-concluded second phase of the odd-even scheme. The bench demanded that the Delhi government submit the report by Thursday.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar told the counsel for the Delhi government: “Tell us what is the difference in pollution level (air quality) during, before and after the odd-even scheme”.

Stating that a lot of money was spent on the scheme, the green bench asked whether the funds would have been better utilised on some other initiative. It also asked for the “cause of pollution in the city”.

The NGT on Monday had asked the Delhi government to explain why it was not emphasising on the pollution caused by dust and burning waste material the way it had stressed on the odd-even scheme.

The tribunal had earlier rapped the Delhi Police for not taking any action against vehicles older than 15 years from plying on Delhi roads. The green panel had also pulled up the Delhi government on the issue.

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