SC defines Delhi pollution as ‘dreaded’, ‘severe’ and ‘disaster’, seeks Centre’s response in 48 hours

Delhi's air quality has worsened after Diwali. The apex court has asked the government to come up with a Common Minimum Programme in 48 hours on how to tackle the situation.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 8, 2016 6:14 pm
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday defined pollution in Delhi as “dreaded”, “severe” and “disaster”, and sought a response from the Centre on its policy to tackle pollution by Thursday. The apex court noted down the suggestions submitted by Sunita Narain, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and other parties concerned and asked the government to come up with a Common Minimum Programme in 48 hours on how to tackle the situation.

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The court is likely to pass a detailed order after government’s response. Earlier in the day, the National Green Tribunal banned construction activities for a week in Delhi and National Capital Region to check the alarming rise in pullotion level.

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.

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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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    Sirius
    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm
    So, SC is not going away anywhere (unfortunately), is it ? It will gladly hear such cases that don't tax it's nerve (triple talaq, ramjanambhoomi-babri, lalu appeal) ....
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      Sirius
      Nov 8, 2016 at 1:26 pm
      Thank you !
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        Sirius
        Nov 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm
        Very well said ! I had the same observation after watching a recent TV program of a road trip from India, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Combodia, Vietnam. Parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Combodia were beautifully clean and organized. Quite unlike North and Eastern India. Note that these are predominantly Buddhist nations , so is there are religious angle to it ?
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          Jim
          Nov 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm
          So basically SC has given up on Khujliwal - nothing can be expected from his govt as he cant do anything
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            The Indian
            Nov 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm
            you r a damm bhakt.............everyone is wrong except ur god Modi.
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              Enchanted Tunes
              Nov 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm
              As per the latest India Met forecast, the relief is for just 2 more days. Smog is going to come back.
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                Enchanted Tunes
                Nov 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm
                Name calling will not get anyone, anywhere. Fyi ... DDA is under the LG while MCD is with the BJP. Blaming Kejriwal is just a lot of noise with no substance. Also, please check the image released by NASA, the problem is not a local issue but encompes even neighbouring countries like stan. The s may be a different country but they follow the same principle of crop burning. Hence the reason why the SC has asked the center to get it sorted.
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                  Enchanted Tunes
                  Nov 8, 2016 at 11:04 am
                  Thank you SC. Without you, the centre is going to kill us all, as they just dont care.
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