National Green Tribunal (NGT), on Friday, slammed the Centre and the Delhi government for not taking steps to tackle the alarming air pollution level in the national Capital, PTI reported. The Delhi government told NGT that high air pollution is due to crop burning in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan. NGT has also asked the Delhi government to stop 10-year-old diesel vehicles from plying on the roads in the national Capital. The development came as Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to alarming levels and witnessed its worst smog situation in 17 years on Wednesday and Thursday.
NGT has also asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take immediate steps to control pollution. The green body summoned the Environment Secretary of the four states (Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan) over pollution increase in the region and asked them to submit a report on burning of agricultural residues and pollution control to the tribunal by November 8.