Concerned about the smog cover in the city, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed K K Sharma, Chief Secretary, Delhi government, to take stock of the pollution crisis and file a status report on pollution by Friday.
The Delhi government, meanwhile, held a meeting with scientists from the Central Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee Thursday to discuss plans to deal with the situation. Various options, including artificial measures to tame the crisis, were discussed.
The government said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appointed a ministerial task force, with Health Minister Satyendar Jain at the helm, to review air quality. The task force, the government said, has already appealed to the Central government to take steps to stop burning of crop residue in neighbouring states as it adds to the pollution severely.
“The current trend shows that air pollution peaks during night and the situation eases during day. Hence, there is no reason to close schools,” said Jain. Smog levels are high every year when the season changes and it is not a one-off incident, he added.
However, Delhi government will on Friday request the Centre to enforce laws to regulate largescale constructions across Noida and Gurgaon. “We will also ask the Centre to restrict plying of diesel taxis/autos across NCR, and enforce of guidelines to prohibit entry of overloaded and polluting transit trucks into Delhi,” said Jain.