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Green Crimes

Biggest polluting states don’t even figure in the NCRB list

Green Crimes
Dariya Drip | Photograph by Nirala Tripathi
Green Crimes
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2016-09-28T16:22:15+05:30

Drive through the highway over the Yamuna floodplains on the outskirts of Delhi and the sight of white foamy residue of ind­ustrial waste floating on the ­water will hit you as rudely as the puffs of smoke from overburdened trucks plying on the road. Similar sights are commonplace in most Indian cities.

Pollution, whether of air, land or water, has become synonymous with India’s growth story, with evidence of damage visible across the country. Delhi and Mumbai are rated among the most polluted cities by the World Health Organisation. Yet, the recent data rele­ased by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on environmental crime tries to paint a different picture. The data, rec­orded for the second year, projects a 12 per cent drop in the number of environmental rel­ated offences with only 5,156 cases being registered.

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