Supreme Court hears a case on Delhi air pollution on Monday. Delhi government submit its proposal to Supreme Court over air pollution.
What drastic measures you propose to take to deal with emergent air pollution situation in Delhi: SC asks Centre
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Centre tells Supreme Court that stubble burning is not the major cause of pollution at present in Delhi and northern states. However, it contributes to only 10% of the pollution.
The Delhi government has told the Supreme Court that it is ready to take steps like complete lockdown to fight air pollution. The Delhi government further adds that it will have only a limited impact.
A visible improvement in Delhi’s air quality was recorded on Sunday. Although it was in the ”very poor” category. However, the city’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai said his government will submit a lockdown proposal to the Supreme Court on Monday to reduce pollution further.
The national capital recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 330 on Sunday. AQI 437 on Saturday, as emissions from farm fires in Haryana and Punjab, dropped significantly. The AQI was and 471 on Friday, the worst this season so far.
What did the Supreme court say?
Supreme Court slams Delhi government, saying it’s passing the buck to Municipal Commissioner.
The SC has asked the Centre to share the steps taken so far to curb pollution. The Centre will also share the steps likely to be taken to improve the air quality index. Hence, to bring it down to at least 200 points from the current level. It has been above 500 on average.
CJI Ramana tells the Delhi government: “We want pollution to come down. We are not here to advise you on every step to take. It’s your problem how you control industries and traffic.”
Supreme Court while perusing the Delhi government’s affidavit says the affidavit is all about bashing farmers and how the entire cause is stubble burning.
Supreme Court tells Delhi government that the “lame excuses” being made by them on the issue of air pollution in the national capital will compel the court to hold a proper audit of the revenues being collected by the state government and what is being done with it.
The Centre suggests three steps to Supreme Court to bring down pollution:
- Introduction of odd-even vehicle scheme
- Ban on trucks’ entry in Delhi
- severest will be a lockdown
Supreme Court asks Centre and State Government to respond by tomorrow evening over which industries can be stopped, which vehicles can be prevented from plying and which power plants can be stopped, & how you can provide alternative power by then.