We all know about the increasing pollution which is mainly caused by industries and poor waste management by the government. In December, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered Delhi Government i.e. AAP Government to pay penalty of Rs. 25 Crore to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for not controlling the Air Pollution in Delhi.
This order came when the court was hearing pleas filed by a village resident Satish Kumar residing in Mundka and Mahavir Singh, a native of Tikri-Kalan alleging pollution caused by burning of plastic, leather, rubber, motor engine oil and other waste materials and continuous operation of illegal industrial units nearby. NGT also said that after four and a half years the complaint of the aggrieved parties totally remain unabated.
On April 5, Delhi government’s urban development principal secretary Rajiv Yaduvanshi sent a letter to the South and North municipal corporations, in which he said under the heading TOTAL FAILURE, “that it was for the civic bodies to pay up the fine”, since the local bodies were responsible for setting up the infrastructure to collect, segregate and dispose plastic waste management rules, hence fine should be paid by the municipalities.
In reply to the letter, senior municipal officials said this is unfair, and said that the government has not even notified the Plastic Waste Management bylaws for Delhi and they are transferring the burden penalty on us.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled municipalities trying to transfer the burden of penalty levied by NGT for not controlling the pollution in the city on each other. The bench was headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar fined the Delhi government in failure to curb pollution. And also stated that, a sum of Rs. 10 Cr per month will be levied if the Delhi Government failed to agree with the order.