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.