With alarming level of smog and pollution Delhi suffered in the past few days, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Centre to hold meeting of all stakeholders and firm up plan to deal with emergency like air pollution. It also slammed the Central Pollution Control board (CPCB) for not having any action plan to deal with such emergencies.
In the last few days, amidst an outrage over air quality, a ban has been imposed on all construction activity, operation of brick kilns and stone crushers, coal-based power plants, and diesel generator sets in Delhi. Schools were also shut down for a week on Delhi government’s order.
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The apex court asked the Centre to come out with time-bound measures to curb air pollution and identifying agencies responsible for implementing them.
Recently, the National Green Tribunal had asked chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to prepare an emergency action plan to fight air pollution.
The thick smog cover over Delhi seems to have temporarily dissipated but there has been no change in the air pollution levels in the national capital. According to SAFAR, the 24-hour average of PM 2.5 concentration is expected to be 101.7 micrograms per cubic metre on Thursday.