Air Pollution

Air pollution: NGT directs setting up of monitoring panels

  1. What: NGT passed a slew of directions including setting up of centralised and state level monitoring committees
  2. Purpose: To prepare action plans to combat pollution
  3. It also asked 4 northern states to consider banning old diesel vehicles, in a bid to tackle environment emergencies
  4. The NGT directed that every state committee should, in their first meeting, notify one district where land use of agriculture is high
  5. It should then be made a model district for implementing orders to stop stubble burning
  6. It came down heavily on states for not taking action against farmers burning farm residues
  7. And asked them, particularly Punjab, to consider withdrawal of incentive including grant of free power to farmers burning crops
  8. It said that providing breathable air to citizens is the “constitutional” obligation of the state governments
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