Order of the National Green Tribunal on unregulated handling of plastic, Delhi, 18/07/2019
Unregulated handling of plastic in Delhi including burning was continuing even after Supreme Court directions on the matter 14 years back imperiling the health of the citizens and the environment, read the order of the NGT dated July 18, 2019. The Tribunal in December 3, 2018 directed the Government of Delhi to deposit a sum of Rs. 25 Crores towards cost of damage to the environment and furnish performance guarantee in the like amount with the CPCB. It was further directed that if the failure continues, the Delhi Government will be liable to pay a further amount of Rs, 10 Crore per month as a coercive measure for compliance of the order of this Tribunal. But CPCB has informed the Tribunal that the Delhi Government has not deposited the amount. NGT while expressing its dissatisfaction with the action taken report said the "action hardly meets the magnitude of violation" and gave last opportunity to the Delhi Government to deposit the amount.