Amid worsening air quality in the national capital, the Supreme Court Monday directed the Delhi transport department to impound 15-year-old petrol vehicles and 10-year-old diesel vehicles plying on roads in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The Supreme Court also ordered the transport department and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to display the list of all the older vehicles on their websites so that they can be impounded. The city has been grappling with air pollution compounded by vehicular emissions with substandard filtrations. On Monday, the air quality in Delhi has remained in the ‘very poor’ category with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 348.
The apex court also directed the CPCB to make a social media account on which citizens can complain about pollution.
While the city has been facing poor air quality, officials of CPCB warned that the situation may further deteriorate next month during Diwali. The pollution levels are likely to touch ‘very poor’ category but will not hit ‘severe’ levels, according to the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).
On Sunday, Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the season, with the highest reading of 381 and an average reading of 348 of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 and 10 recorded at 9 am, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Amid the grim situation, the CPCB has suggested several stringent measures which include the closure of all construction activities that generate dust pollution between November 1 and 10.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the Centre, and the governments of Haryana and Punjab on Monday for the severe air pollution in Delhi, alleging that they were not ready to do anything despite the all-out efforts by the Aam Aadmi Party government. In a tweet, Kejriwal said that throughout the year the pollution was in control in Delhi but this time (winters) every year, Delhi has to face severe pollution condition due to the Centre, BJP-led Haryana and Congress-led Punjab governments. “Despite our all-out efforts, they are not ready to do anything. Farmers of these two states are also fed up with their governments,” he added.
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