The National Green Tribunal has sought answers from the state government on air pollution in Kolkata and Howrah. The writ filed in the NGT states that old vehicles have a major role in this air pollution, including government vehicles. The Division Bench of Justice SP Wangdi and expert member Saibal Dasgupta has given this order.
Advocate Ankur Sharma, giving this information, said that he has filed this writ. The Division Bench of Justice Wangdi has ordered notices to the Central Pollution Control Council, State Government, Environment Department, West Bengal Pollution Control Council and Transport Department.
They will have to file their report before the next date, that is, January 8. Its copyee will also have to give advance to the petitioner. The Division Bench has said that this writ shows that despite the action in this direction, this problem still remains. The Division Bench has said that the state government, especially the transport department of the state government, the environment department and the state pollution control board should look into the issues raised in the writ.
The Division Bench stated that orders were given in several cases, including Subhash Dutt v. Government of West Bengal, regarding air pollution in Kolkata and Howrah. Recently, instructions have also been given to implement them in a case.
The writ states that vehicles of fifteen years or more are plying on the roads, while according to government records, they have been declared unfit. The question has been raised in this writ that it is the responsibility of the government to take action against unfit vehicles plying on the road, but here only such government vehicles are running on the roads.