The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on December 3 rd slapped a fine of Rs 25 crore on the Delhi Government for failing to curb the air pollution of the city. They mentioned that the amount would be deducted directly from their salaries of government officials and deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board ( CPCB). Failing to pay the fine within the mentioned time would result in the additional penalty of Rs 10 crore per month. The order given follows the suggestion made by the Supreme Court directives to CPCB to prosecute government officials who failed to respond to more than 250 complaints from the Delhi citizens about the deteriorating air quality in the city. An affidavit by the CPCB said that they 52 teams of personnel had attended 500 of the 749 complaints received by the board till November 22 as a part of its clean air campaign in Delhi. The remaining 250 complaints are due to be taken action, as the team assigned remain dormant about it. Because of the failure to take proper actions the city’s air quality still oscillating between “poor” and “very poor” categories during the day. Authorities predict that there will be further drop in the air quality due to the release of more pollutants in the coming week.
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