Delhi pollution: NGT lifts ban on construction as air quality improves

Henrietta Strickland
November 17, 2017

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday lifted its stay on construction works in Delhi-NCR and allowed trucks to enter the city, which was imposed due to unsafe pollution levels. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, on Friday lifted the ban on construction activity will asking for prohibitory orders on industries to continue.

"Any institute not complying with the direction shall be liable to (pay) environment compensation cost of Rs 5 lakh", Kumar said. The state government has denied any violation of green laws and said it is taking all measures to protect the greens in and around the capital.

According to the tribunal, the institution that gets an exemption certificate shall be subject to environment compensation, which will be used for setting up rainwater harvesting systems in possible nearby areas, including parks.

A group of farmers had also approached the NGT, challenging the pooling of fertile land.

The case gathered momentum as retired bureaucrat EAS Sarma filed another petition, challenging the hurried grant of environmental clearances by the state-level environment impact assessment authority (SEIAA), the Times of India reported. "The recommendation of this committee should be carried out by the state government and all its departments as well as local authorities without default and delay", the bench said.

Told to install water harvesting systems in two months.

All previous NGT orders, including on odd-even exemptions, will stand; Delhi, UP, Punjab, and Haryana asked to chalk out comprehensive action plan in two weeks.

The judgement came on a plea filed by Himachal Pradesh resident Yogendra Mohan Sengupta and Sheela Malhotra who sought a detailed study on the carrying capacity of hills in Shimla.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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