Taking a strong view on pollution in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to initiate prosecution against government officials who have not acted on nearly 250 complaints received on its official social media accounts.
“Why do you not prosecute these officials? You should prosecute them. Let these people realise what they have done,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the CPCB.
Nadkarni said from November 1 to November 22 this year, they had received 749 air pollution complaints on social media accounts and action was taken on around 500 such complaints.
Regarding court’s suggestion to prosecute the officials responsible for not acting on the complaints, he said that the CPCB would look into it.
The CPCB had on November 1 told the apex court that it has created social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens could lodge their complaints about pollution in Delhi-national capital region (NCR).
Meanwhile, a thick haze engulfed Delhi as the air quality deteriorated and eight areas of the national capital recorded severe pollution level, authorities said Tuesday.
According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 360, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category.
The CPCB said Dwarka Sector 8, Jahangirpuri, Mundaka, Narela, Nehru Nagar, Rohini, Anand Vihar and Wazirpur recorded ‘severe’ air quality, while 23 areas of Delhi recorded ‘very poor’ air quality.
In NCR, Ghaziabad recorded the worst air quality at the ‘severe’ level with an AQI of 407. Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida recorded ‘very poor’ air quality, the CPCB data said.