BJP chief Amit Shah’s planned bike rally in Jind, Haryana has come under the National Green Tribunal (NGT) scanner. According to reports, as many as one lakh bikes were expected to participate in the rally of the BJP president. In response to a petition filed in the NGT against Shah’s rally, the green body has issued a notice returnable on 13 February 2018. Looking at the urgency of the case, the NGT has also directed the Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana government to file an affidavit in reply, reported ANI today. The Green body also issued a notice to the Centre.
The NGT has sought responses from the Centre and Haryana government in connection with a plea seeking a reduction in the number of bikes at Shah’s rally in Jind, on pollution grounds. The responses were sought by a bench headed by Justice S P Wangdi. He issued notices to the Environment Ministry, Haryana government, state pollution control board and Central Pollution Control Board, seeking their replies by February 13.
The rally is scheduled to take place in Jind on February 15. The petition seeking a reduction in the number of bikes was filed by advocate Victor Dhissa. He had sought screening and reduction in the number of bikes likely to participate in the rally. Dhissa pleaded that instead of motorcycles, the Haryana government should choose bicycles or other eco-friendly modes of transport for taking workers to the rally.
“Direct the respondents (authorities) to either reduce the number of motorbikes proposed to be mobilised or use more environment-friendly modes and methods, such as bicycles, by foot or e-rickshaws. And constitute a committee to assess the adverse impacts that may be caused with regard to air pollution and noise pollution if the proposed rally is taken out,” Dhissa’s plea read.