The National Green Tribunal Monday slammed state governments for not taking a clear stand on pollution and vehicle density in major cities under their jurisdiction and directed them to produce the information by Tuesday, failing which bailable warrants would be issued against the state chief secretaries.
The Principal Bench directed Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal to intimate it about the cities with the worst ambient air quality, total number of vehicles, both diesel and petrol and the total population in each of them.
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The tribunal also rapped Central Pollution Control Board for submitting “half-baked” data on the population and vehicle density in major cities across the country. “What kind of report is this? You (CPCB) have given us half-baked data. We had asked you about vehicle density. How many vehicles are diesel and petrol? According to your report, Mumbai has a population of 11 lakhs. This is the joke of the first category.”