In a bid to reduce air pollution inside the court premises, the Delhi High Court is considering the installation of ultraviolet air filtration systems worth over Rs 2 crore. The suggestion was made after air quality monitoring indicated that the air in several areas inside the closed court premises was very polluted.
The court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva on Friday took note of an air quality monitoring report filed by the Centre for Science and Environment.
The report stated that the main lobby of the High Court had more than 2.5 times the particulate matter than is the safe standard.
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The random check of several areas was conducted on court directions on a plea by senior advocate Meet Malhotra.
The plea stated that the air inside the court premises was highly polluted, leading to health problems for lawyers, litigants, judges and court staff.
The plea was filed in a PIL taken up by the court regarding air pollution in Delhi. The report also states that courtroom two — which is presided over by this bench — is also one of the most highly polluted areas in the court premises.
With almost 60 cases being heard by the court every day, dozens of lawyers and litigants are inside the courtroom at any given time.
The bench also said that it has issued directions that no paper files will be taken by the court from Monday, as it was going “paperless”.
The court also noted that the air vents of the circulation system were covered in soot, and has said that it will issue directions to tackle the problem on the next date of hearing in May.