news Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | February 17, 2015 | 09:34 am IST  The High Court on Monday slammed the Karnataka government, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and BBMP for failing to bring down noise and air pollution in Bengaluru even after the court's earlier directive to come up with strategies to decrease the pollution levels, reports The New Indian Express.  The court also observed that the pollution levels in the city were worse than in an industrial area. It ordered the BBMP and KSPCB to furnish monthly details of pollution levels in the city. When the KSPCB said that the state did not comply with its directions on bringing down the pollution level, the court said, “What kind of organisation is this? There is laxity at every stage and your officials are simply drawing their salaries", states the report.  The bench also reprimanded the BBMP when it said that they were planning to develop the roads near Cubbon Park and Raj Bhavan as model roads since the roads are already in good shape and the BBMP can rather focus on other areas with roads in poor state.  The NIE report quotes the bench as saying: “It is like hospitalising healthy people. What about bad roads which need treatment? You have adopted strange methods and eaten away roads in the name of widening footpaths. Look at St Marks Road. Has your commissioner visited the spot?”. 
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