The National Green Tribunal took the Delhi government to task on Monday, for its failure to implement its order banning vehicles more than 15 years old from plying on the roads in the national capital when it was “active” during odd-even.
“ When you are so active during odd-even, why don’t you take other orders in the same spirit? “Why doesn’t your police do anything with regard to 15-year-old vehicles? Why don’t you challan them? Why has the police not taken any action in furtherance to orders passed by the tribunal?” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Delhi Government.
The Green panel also slammed the Arvind Kejriwal government over incidents of waste burning and dust pollution in the national capital, saying “we cannot allow you to generate methane and carbon all the time.”
“You were so active in odd-even, why don’t you do the same thing for dust pollution and burning of municipal solid waste. Why don’t you control waste burning and violations of norms by builders.
“Heaps of garbage is being burnt at various waste plants in the city. It is like burning mountain. We cannot allow you to generate methane and carbon all the time,” the bench said. The green bench also directed Central Pollution Control Board to expeditiously file the data of ambient air quality in Delhi recorded during the recently concluded second phase of the odd-even scheme.
Earlier, the tribunal had asked Delhi government and other authorities to create awareness about air pollution caused by vehicular emissions and burning of municipal solid waste and issue advertisements on the lines of the odd-even scheme.