India, Sept. 24 -- New Delhi : National Green Tribunal has imposed a penalty of over Rs 2,000 crore on the Punjab government for its failure to treat solid and liquid waste, leading to a huge gap in their generation and treatment.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice AK Goel said corrective action could not wait for an indefinite period and health issues could not be deferred for long.

"Responsibility of the state is to have a comprehensive plan to control pollution which is its absolute liability, which is not being understood.

"If there is deficit in budgetary allocations, it is for the state and the state alone to have suitable planning by reducing cost or augmenting resources," the bench said.

It said the compliance of enviro...