The National green Tribunal on Wednesday has expanded its scope of hearing by seeking responses on the degrading air quality in the metros of Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata. The NGT has also taken note of pollution in other cities like Bangalore, Patna, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Pune and asked the respective states to file detailed affidavits stating the necessary measures taken to prevent and control the deteriorating air standards.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said, “In view of the fact that the matter is pending before the Supreme Court of India…in relation to matter relating to air pollution in NCT, Delhi, we are of the considered view that Tribunal should not pass any directions in this regard at this stage. Therefore we would restrict these petitions for the present only to the places other than Delhi, in relation to air pollution by different sources and subject to such orders as may be passed by the Supreme Court of India.”
The NGT panel also said that the Central Pollution Control Board should also put forward the steps they have taken in controlling and preventing the air pollution resulting from construction and other activities, emission from burning of Municipal Solid Waste and other waste including burning of agriculture residue and vehicular pollution.