Taking note of a plea according to which ambient air quality in Meerut is worse than Delhi, a Bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the UP government, the Central Pollution Control Board, the State Pollution Control Board, the Meerut Development Authority and the UP Road Transport Corporation. The tribunal has sought a reply before April 10.
Meerut resident’s plea
The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Meerut resident Lokesh Khurana, who sought directions to restrict entry of diesel vehicles more than 10 years old and petrol vehicles more than 15 years old. It referred to a study conducted by the Centre of Science and Environment, which said that air pollution in Meerut was more severe than Delhi and that PM2.5 concentration in the city was 1,470 micrograms per cubic meter as against the safe limit of 60 micrograms per cubic metre.