NGT slams Delhi Govt for holding India-Sri Lanka Test despite poor air quality

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Sri Lanka players wearing mask

New Delhi, December 4: The National Green Tribunal on Monday (December 4) came down heavily on the Delhi Government for not filing a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city and slammed authorities for holding the India-Sri Lanka Test despite bad air quality.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar took exception over the failure of the AAP Government to file the report despite its specific order.

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The tribunal directed the government to file the report within the next 48 hours.

"Where is your action plan? Why have you not submitted it? What can we do if you keep on changing everybody? It's not our problem if people don't want to stick to you.

"You keep on doing meetings but tell us a single action or step you have taken in the last four days to combat air pollution," the bench said.

The green panel was also irked by authorities for conducting the third Test between Sri Lanka and India which was disrupted due to the choking smog.

The Sri Lankan cricket team had complained of poor air quality that forced India to declare their innings.

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"Every newspaper has been carrying headline that the air pollution was going to be higher this week. Still you took no action. Even the players were playing match wearing masks. You should have not held the match if the air quality was so bad. Are people of Delhi supposed to bear this?" the bench said.

Story first published: Monday, December 4, 2017, 13:58 [IST]
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