Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding auto-emission and high air pollution in the cities of Kolkata and Howrah, West Bengal, 11/08/2016

  • 11/08/2016

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Subhas Datta Vs State of West Bengal & Others dated 11/08/2016 regarding auto-emission and high air pollution in the cities of Kolkata and Howrah. The Applicant also mentions about the reports of West Bengal Pollution Control Board that showed air quality of Kolkata to be highly polluted in the night hours during the period between mid-October to February end and it was stated to be not only higher than the day time but also five to six times in excess of the safe limit.

NGT in its Judgement among many things said that "vehicles which have undergone pollution test at the Auto-Emission Test Centres, shall be mandatorily required to affix luminescent stickers which will indicate that the vehicles have been tested, mentioning the validity of the certificates. This will come in aid of the traffic police in enforcing the requirement of PUC and consequently pollution caused by auto emission."