Six states are given deadline by NGT to bring in plans for ensuring air quality standards

New Delhi : Six states are directed to submit action plans for bringing air quality standards by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). They have to comply with the prescribed norms within April 30. If they fail to submit they will be liable to pay environment compensation of Rs. 1 crore each.

Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel who headed the bench has ordered the chief secretaries of Assam, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Nagaland governments to submit their plan within the stipulated time.

“We direct chief secretaries of the states in respect of which action plans have not been filed to forthwith furnish such action plans,” the bench, also comprising Justices SP Wangdi and K Ramakrishnan, said.

The states, where action plans are found to be deficient and deficiencies are not removed till April 30, 2019, will have to pay Rs. 25 lakh each, the bench said, adding that the timeline for execution of the action plans is six months from the date OF their finalization.

It is said that budgetary provision must be made for execution of such plans.

“The CPCB is directed to update the number of cities. If on parameters applied, there are other cities, not included in list of 102, such cities may be also included,” the NGT said.

The direction came after the CPCB informed it that out of 102 cities, action plan has been received from 83 cities while 19 have not submitted the plan.


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