NGT orders 23 states, UTs to prepare action plans to fight air pollution in 2 months

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has directed 23 states and Union territories, including the national capital Delhi and Chandigarh, to prepare action plans within two months to bring the air quality standard within the prescribed limit.

Noting that there are 102 cities where air quality does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, the panel formed an Air Quality Monitoring Committee (AQMC), comprising directors of environment, transport, industries, urban development, agriculture departments and member-secretary of state pollution control boards.

The NGT said the chief secretaries of the states and administrators of the Union territories will be personally accountable for failure to formulate action plans. (AGENCIES)