Delhi pollution: NGT bans construction activities for a week, raps govt for sprinkling water by cranes and not helicopter

The tribunal also questioned the Delhi government over its decision to shut schools due to air pollution, asking if any scientific study was conducted before giving such order.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 8, 2016 6:15 pm
The National Green Tribunal office in New Delhi. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 080415 The National Green Tribunal office in New Delhi. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 080415

To check the alarming pollution level in Delhi, the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday banned construction activities for one week in Delhi and National Capital Region. The tribunal ruled that no stone crusher and brick kiln should operate for one week in the region.

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It slammed Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and UP for not taking prior steps to control crop burning and ordered the states to give complete mechanism on implementation of its directions to curb air pollution.

The tribunal also questioned the Delhi government over its decision to shut schools due to air pollution, asking if any scientific study was conducted before giving such order. It lashed out at Delhi government for showing ‘laxity’ while dealing with alarming situation of air pollution and smog in the city.

Questioning the government’s decision to sprinkle water using cranes, the NGT asked why helicopters were not being used to do the same.

Delhi’s air quality has steadily worsened after Diwali. Apart from crackers’ smoke, burning of crop stubble in farms contributed to the thick cover of hazardous haze that has been shrouding the city for nearly a week.

WATCH VIDEO: Here’s How The Supreme Court Describe Delhi’s Air Pollution

The air quality have levels of harmful PM 2.5 particles hovering at dangerous levels, something that has been seen in cities like Beijing.

These fine particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter are linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease.

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    Vikas gaur
    Mar 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    Indian express never published ngt cases.
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    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:50 am
    A CM elected should be of a very high profile leader by example and practice what he preaches and a great planner,---CM should have been very well planned in advance about pollution nearing to festive seasons such as Diwali where pollution gets created due to fire crackers rather than leaving it to the last minute and tragedy strikes,----this AAP definition: \'\'AAPtards AAPs Party\"\" followed by \"\"Arvind Asli Paapi\"\"--is always busy wasting their voters time and energy who elected them to power nosing around and blaming PM like new born babies out of their mothers womb,---CM--definition:--Con Man-KHUJLIWAL and AAP is the biggest mistake made by delhities.
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    Logeswaran K
    Nov 8, 2016 at 11:35 am
    Generally we do not act proactively. We only react to situations like this. Until something bad happens, we do not bother to touch that matter at all. From the lessons learned from Delhi pollution, at least we need to proactively take steps to prevent such situation in other cities. Delhi people need to be more careful and disciplined going forward. The crop burning in neighboring states should be controlled and regulated to prevent such unwarranted events.
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    Dr M
    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:26 am
    Two questions in the confusion.lt;br/gt;1 A K the C M of Delhi says his state gets air pollution from neighboring states; does he mean there is/was /has been no pollution in Delhi or the wind follows Visa rules to travel outside Delhi and vice versa?lt;br/gt;2 Children are kept outside schools/inside homes to escape pollution; are there solid barriers to prevent air pollution from entering Delhi homes?
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    shanthi salamath
    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:56 am
    Air pollution not occurred in one day. Government and the citizen to take care to prevent more harm to people in the Delhi. Common people to be educated about the technique of controlling the air pollution. lt;br/gt; Schools to be closed for more days where Government can make significant improvement in vehicle moving and other related pollutions. If students are in troubling and arising health issues there should be additional leave days to be granted.lt;br/gt;Fabricated rains can make improvement in present conditions, Construction activities to be suspended for a while. Government to encourage people to use public transportation such as train, buses can bring calm condition. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Proper air circulation in to the living areas can significantly reduce the effect.
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