NGT express disquiet over the absence of CRB from appearing in front of Tribunal

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Monday viewed the absence of the Chairman of the Railway Board from appearing in front of the tribunal seriously. It had sought his appearance in a matter concerning railway tracks and platforms, which are a continuous source of environmental pollution causing health hazard.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar expressed its disquiet over his absence and said the petition would be heard further only after he comes.  “We are shocked on the state of affair that is prevailing. Equally irresponsible is the attitude adopted. Let the Chairman of the Railway Board along with the two officers who have filed the false affidavits and Head of Department of that organisation be present before the tribunal on the next date of hearing with records with regard to the platforms and railway tracks…,” the Bench said.

It was only after Railways counsel Om Prakash urged the court to grant another opportunity that the Bench fixed the matter for March 11 and said the Chairman would be heard in chamber.

Mr. Prakash told the Bench that it was because of lack of communication that the Chairman could not appear before the Tribunal.

The tribunal is hearing a petition filed by one Saloni Singh highlighting the pathetic condition of railway tracks and platforms, which are the “biggest open toilet”.

The NGT had called for the Chairman Railway Board on March 2 after one of the Chief Commercial Managers filed an affidavit in the court and then went on to admit that he has not verified the contents of the affidavit.