Coming down heavily on the central government, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday observed that a “syndicate was operating in Delhi to loot the states.”
The court’s remarks came during the resumed hearing of a plea on delay in opening of CNG stations in Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.
Four Punjab cities—Ludhiana, Khanna, Amritsar and Mandi Gobindgarh were among the world’s 25 most-polluted cities as per a WHO report released recently.
The bench of justice SS Saron and justice Gurmit Ram was appalled to hear that around Rs 3,000 crore have been spent on the project but these cities are yet to get CNG stations. The CNG supply was to be initially in 2011.
“What’s the reason behind this bias against states? Don’t you want to see them progress?...There is a syndicate in Delhi working on how to loot states,” the high court bench observed while referring to the delay in opening of CNG stations, international flight operations at the Chandigarh airport and disbursal of subsidies.
“We want to know. Why it is so across the board,” the high court bench observed as lawyers appearing on behalf of the central government cited various reasons for delay.