Speaking in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his two cabinet colleagues connected with the environment portfolio, the NGT chief said, "Six lakh people are dying every year in India and 50,000 are dying in Gujarat due to diseases related to air pollution."
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel pulled up the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) over its action plan for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and said it does not show concrete plans with prompt timelines and effort in prohibiting pollution.
In May 2015, NGT ordered that all “illegally and unauthorisedly operating scrap industries in Mayapuri generating chemicals, oils and poisonous fumes resulting in air pollution, deaths and diseases at large scale” be shut.
“A month’s time has been given to the officials, who are responsible to check the pollution, including PPCB and if they fail to perform then the court cases will be filed against the head of those departments,” Justice Pritam Pal (retd) said.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel ordered the chief secretaries of Assam, Jharkhand Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Nagaland governments to submit their plan within the stipulated time.