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Gautam Gambhir slams Arvind Kejriwal, Centre over Delhi pollution, says 'tax isn't for Delhi CM's callousness'

Cricketer Gautam Gambhir expressed anguish over the National Green Tribunal slapping a fine of Rs 25 crore on the Delhi government for failing to curb pollution in the city. In a tweet, Gambhir took a veiled jibe at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and lamented that taxpayers like him will end up paying for the fine due to the callousness of the Aam Aadmi Party government.

Gambhir in his tweet on Monday also tagged the Bharatiya Janata Party's official Twitter handle in his tweet and said that he wished that he had the option to say that the tax he pays was not for the "Delhi chief minister's callousness".

 Gautam Gambhir slams Arvind Kejriwal, Centre over Delhi pollution, says tax isnt for Delhi CMs callousness

File image of Gautam Gambhir. AFP

The NGT had on Monday charged the Delhi government over the growing pollution levels in the capital city. Delhi has been witnessing several levels of pollutants in its air since over two months now and there has been no considerable improvement in the city's air quality so far.

The NGT gave the government the option of recovering the cost of “damage to the environment” from officers who are tasked with taking action against polluters, as well as from the polluters under the ‘polluter pays principle’. The money, NGT said, would be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board and will be utilised by the agency exclusively for anti-pollution measures. If the total cost is not submitted within three months, the guarantee will be forfeited, the bench said.

The order came on a plea filed by residents of Mundka and Tikri Kalan in Delhi, who alleged that industries in the area continue to burn plastic, leather, and motor engine oil despite Supreme Court ban. Referring to the compliance affidavit submitted by the government, the NGT said “vague” assurances were made that challans were issued, but no details were furnished for the same. “Such particulars may be now furnished and action initiated… against those responsible, including officers of the Delhi government,” the bench said. The Delhi government chief secretary will now have to prepare an action plan to identify the names of people responsible for the execution of the orders and supervise the action taken, The Indian Express reported.

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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2018 10:10:12 IST

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