NGT Takes Action on Air Pollution in Delhi and Neighbouring States

The NGT on November 10, 2016 passed an order in Vardhaman Kaushik vs Union of India on the issue of Air Pollution in Delhi and its neighbouring states namely, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan (“States”) with the directions to control and bring to normal the situation of Air Pollution in these regions.

The NGT, dismayed by the inaction and indifferent approach of the States, stated in its judgement that it was constrained to pass directions  in order to ensure that some action is taken by the States to manage this grave situation.

NGT has directed constitution of a Monitory Committee that would ensure proper implementation of the law and judgements passed in relation to the prevention of Air Pollution, and defining parameters of particulate matter above which a situation will be declared as ‘environmental emergency’ and the same will be dealt with in a manner as prescribed by in this order by the Tribunal.

The Tribunal also discussed the issue of crop burning in Punjab elaborately and passed directions in that regard that included giving incentives to farmers not to burn crop residue and using the same in cement industry, as biomass and as manure.

(A detailed note on the judgement available at Air Law & Policy Report is attached.)

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Deskit Angmo

LIFE, New Delhi