The national capital continues to reel under heavy pollution today as the noxious smog resulting from raging farm fires and unfavourable weather pushed the situation in the region towards "emergency" zone for the third time in the last 15 days.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked the AAP government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore and the apex pollution monitoring body to ensure that there is no further lapse in this regard.
Faecal coliform (FC) bacteria, such as E.coli, are found in excreta that contaminates water through untreated sewerage. The higher the level the higher the presence of disease-causing pathogen in water.
Meanwhile, the issue of stubble burning and air pollution in Delhi took a political turn on Monday as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the BJP-led central and Haryana government and Congress-led Punjab government for the worsening air quality in Delhi.
The bench took note of concerns expressed by amicus curiae Arajita Singh, that there was no proper forum where the public could highlight instances of pollution and bring it to the notice of authorities.
According to officials, the ‘Wind Augmentation and Air Purifying Units (WAYU)’ will be placed at ITO, Anand Vihar, Wazirpur, Shadipur and Bhikaji Cama Place, in preparation for the winter months which usually sees deteriorating air quality each year.
The CPCB's interim report, titled "Exhaust Emission Benchmarks for Diesel Locomotives on Indian Railways", aims to fix standards and protocols for the sector to achieve the targets submitted by India under the Paris climate change agreement.