National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed the Delhi government to deposit an environmental compensation of ₹25 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for failing to curb air pollution in the Capital.
Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said in case the State government failed to comply with the orders, a sum of ₹10 crore per month will be levied.
The tribunal further, said that a performance guarantee of ₹25 crore has to be provided by the State government and in case of non-compliance of orders, the amount will be forfeited.
“The Delhi government will forthwith deposit a sum of ₹25 crore towards the cost of damage to the environment with the CPCB for restoration of the damage. We further direct that on failure to comply with this order, the Delhi government may be required to deposit at least ₹10 crore per month till the order of this tribunal is fully executed,” the Bench said.
“The Delhi government is at liberty to recover the cost of damage to the environment from its officers as well as from the polluters acting in violation of the law,” the Bench added.
The directions came while the green panel was hearing a plea filed by city residents Satish Kumar and Mahavir Singh alleging pollution caused due to the burning of plastic, leather, rubber and other waste materials on agricultural lands in Mundka and Neelwal villages.