Delhi Govt to SC, ready to enforce complete lockdown to tackle local emission

The Supreme Court on Saturday asked the concerned authorities to take immediate steps like imposing a lockdown, stopping vehicles in Delhi.

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Delhi Govt to SC, ready to enforce complete lockdown to tackle local emission

On November 15, in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Delhi government said that it is “ready to enforce complete lockdown to tackle the local emissions”. Nevertheless, such measures would be meaningful if it is implemented across the NCR and the neighboring states, the government said.

In its detailed action plan to control air pollution in the affidavit the government said ” a lockdown will have limited impact on the air quality, given Delhi’s compact size “.

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Earlier, Supreme Court had termed the rise in air pollution in Delhi-NCR as an “emergency situation” which stresses crucial steps needed to be taken.

On Sunday, Delhi recorded AQI of 330 while it recorded 437 the previous day as emissions from farm fires in Haryana and Punjab fallen significantly.  On Friday, the worst this season so far, the AQI was around 471.

Supreme Court has asked the Centre to share the measures taken so far to control pollution. The Centre will share the measures to be taken to improve the AQI and bring it down to at least 200 points, with an average of above 500 points.

AQI between 51 and 100 is termed as ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 is considered as ‘moderate’, 201-300 is the category of ‘poor’. While 300-400 is termed as ‘very poor’, range levels between 401-500 fall under the ‘hazardous’ category.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that for a week schools in Delhi would be closed from Monday. After an emergency meeting with top officials held at the Secretariat, Kejriwal told reporters that the decision was taken to ensure children do not breathe polluted air. Haryana has shut schools too in four districts due to high pollution.

On Saturday, the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) had revealed five different sources of poor air quality — paddy stubble burning, dust from construction and demolition activities, dust from roads, and open areas; vehicles, and industries.

Source: India Today, News 18

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