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Use Google maps to solve road jams & help improve air quality: NGT tells traffic police

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The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) directive is aimed at cutting down traffic jams to decrease Delhi’s severe air pollution.

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the city traffic police to evolve a mechanism to refer to Google maps for taking prompt remedial and preventive steps at places witnessing traffic jams.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the roads should be made free of congestion to decrease air pollution in the national capital.

“We are of the view that since traffic jams can be observed from the Google maps, the traffic police must evolve a mechanism to view the Google maps so as to take prompt remedial and preventive steps at places where traffic jams are taking place,” the bench said.

The tribunal directed that a copy of this order along with complaint be sent to the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, by email for taking appropriate steps in accordance with law.

It also reiterated that every order of the NGT was binding as a decree of court and non-compliance was actionable by way of punitive action in terms of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010.

The direction came while taking note of a letter by city resident Abhi Kapoor who alleged that heavy traffic jams are taking place due to hawkers at Shahdara which is also resulting in air pollution. – PTI

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