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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                    hameed mohamed
                    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm
                    SC action on delhi pollution after weeks of public suffering do the SC has data of everyday for the last 5 years? I suggest they must have and publish and ask why action was not taken this inaction can be treated as atempt murder of our new generation dewali has added further pollution
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                      Joseph R Stephen
                      Nov 8, 2016 at 11:39 am
                      There are more Indians killed by this smoke then 10 years of Terror by stan on India.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Will BJP do a surgical strike on Delhi !!!!
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                        Joseph R Stephen
                        Nov 8, 2016 at 11:38 am
                        What will Dehi government do? BJP has all the powers even to appoint a secretary, to order a police , to p an order you need the Lt Governor the proxy of Modi to approve it.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The big question is BJP and MODI punishing the people of Delhi for their VOTE for a CHANGE.
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                          Manu USA
                          Nov 8, 2016 at 11:51 am
                          Delhi is worst in air quality. For the last 35 years, I never ever wanted to stay in Delhi.lt;br/gt;Who know, how many lost life to fog, and smoke. I just came from South India, which is little better, but still bad.lt;br/gt;I think, the govt has to take serious action. Modi should run clean air campaign. India is worst in tourism too. Check food prices at airports. Foreign companies selling coffee more expensive than us airports? How can anyone afford? Inflation n smoke will kill Indian tourism.
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                            Manu USA
                            Nov 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                            At Hyderabad airport the cup of coffee is 180 INR? Himalayan water 500 ml 60. Which is USD 2.5 n 1. We get here better water at 1 USD at airport but otherwise 5-10 cents. I wonder, how Indians afford that high prices. I ordered mar tea at a place in Kochi n they just put a Tata tea bag in hot water n charged 50 INR? Isn't it shame? I never expected this kind of India. Jaipur Hilton is dirty no AC working, flooded room still charged $139/night? Shame
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                              Magesh
                              Nov 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm
                              people don't like to be self regulated. smog is the result of various factors but the major one is burning crackers which every knew and still they choose to burn crackers on Diwali and Chhat. don't blame everything on Mr. Prime Minister.
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                                Magesh
                                Nov 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm
                                you could ask that to AAP.
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                                  manu
                                  Nov 8, 2016 at 11:20 am
                                  y you elected then kujli govt in delhi ? what exactly their role...ediotic..the problem is man made for last 20 years ...and congftess ruled bulk of 15 year in delhi...
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                                    Anas
                                    Nov 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm
                                    time to change the capital from New Delhi to some other City. This SMOG is dangerous for the people living in the NCR region. Conditions due to this may be due a lot of things going on the place. Who knows how the future will be if this continues. Time is to change the capital to make the city free of things and make it stable.
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                                      MOHAN RAJ
                                      Nov 8, 2016 at 11:24 am
                                      This is a lie ; SC asked both centre and Delhi GOV to come with a plan. Why should Indian express blatantly lie like this ? For True news check
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                                        MOHAN RAJ
                                        Nov 8, 2016 at 11:22 am
                                        Why should Indian express blatantly lie like this ? True news
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                                          Ra .
                                          Nov 8, 2016 at 11:52 am
                                          Only if Cow Rakshak could do something now and beat up all the people burning trash etc .
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                                            Vivekananda Rao
                                            Nov 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                                            LG is Govt (Authority)... so Center ... #BagonMeBaharHai
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