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Intervening, Speaker V Vaithilingam said the Public Accounts Committee and Estimate Committee could also inspect industries causing pollution and initiate action against them.
The petition, filed through advocate Rahul Khurana, has made Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Water Resources, Uttar Pradesh government, Central Pollution Control Board as parties in the case.
The report also claimed that none of the 168 cities it assessed complies with air quality standards prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The NCRPB asked the NCR states to improve forest cover, besides directing them to speed up inter-state connectivity for seamless travel in the region.
The observation came after the court noted that on November 17, the Air Quality Index had shown that PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels were “approximately four times more than the prescribed safe standard”.
The figures in Delhi — the highest among all states — are also double the national average of reduction in life expectancy which is 3.3 years.
The next hearing in the matter is on July 11, in which all states will have to present data on vehicular population.
The CPCB also pointed out that emission from different sources, apart from vehicular pollution, also varied, making it difficult to analyse the scientific benefits of the scheme.
Gwalior, among the top five cities globally in terms of PM 2.5 levels, recorded an annual average of 176 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) and Allahabad 170.
Neither pollution nor congestion significantly decreased as they did during the January experiment. An enduring solution lies in scaling up the smaller, successful programmes.
A parliamentary committee said the ministry could only utilise 35 per cent of the allocation up to December 2015
The new rules keep one-in-five cars off the road every day, but the alert issued yesterday will double the ban on today.
The report, based on hourly averages, noted that pollution was at its worst at 7 AM everyday, in line with the explanation provided by many experts that early morning hours are more polluted.
The court also slammed the government for not being serious about the issue of pollution.