Delhi Air Quality, Pollution Level Today, Odd-Even Traffic Rule: The Supreme Court Monday put a halt on all construction and development activity in Delhi NCR and announced a fine of Rs 1 lakh for violation.
The top court has also directed the Centre and Delhi government to work in tandem to deal with garbage issue — which is contributing to air pollution in the city — on a war footing, and ordered water sprinkling on roads to contain dust.
“Delhi has been choking every year and we have not been able to do anything…This can’t be done in a civilised society..Goverments only passing the buck…Why should there be crop burning?” the apex court asked, emphasising that situation in Delhi is so bad that “no one is safe even inside homes.”
In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared a car with his fellow mates to reach his work at the onset of the odd-even scheme. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia rode a bicycle to his work from his residence. Protesting the scheme, BJP MP Vijay Goel drove to ITO and was issued a challan for violating the rules. Under odd-even, private vehicles with number plates ending with odd and even numbers will be allowed on roads on alternate days. Those ending with 0,2,4,6,8 are allowed to ply on the capital’s roads today.
Air quality in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) remained in the “severe” category” for the seventh consecutive day on Monday even as odd-even traffic scheme came into effect in the morning. The Air Quality Index registered an alarming 708 at 8 am, according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).