Delhi government's PWD, NDMC begin anti-pollution drive after rap from NGT

The NGT came down heavily on Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana.

Following stern words from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) over worsening pollution level in Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Council on Monday undertook the task of sprinkling water on the roads and curb air pollution across the national capital.

Meanwhile, the Public  Works Department of the Delhi government also undertook pollution control measures in Chittaranjan Park area.

In another development, Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung is chairing a meeting involving Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Police Commissioner, Transport minister and other officials over the pollution issue.

The Aam Aadmi Party government’s action comes after it came under fire from the NGT for alleged inaction over controlling pollution. Besides the Delhi government, the panel also came down heavily on the Centre, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana government over the issue.

‘Isn’t it your responsibility to curb pollution? What is Nagar Nigam doing, they were asked to use machines for cleaning purposes earlier,” the NGT said.

“Till the state government takes initiative immediately, no issue would be solved. They must sprinkle water and do the needful on time,” union environment minister Anil Dave told reporters.