Regarding Delhi Pollution, the Center and the Delhi government are presenting their views in the Supreme Court today. Questions and answers are going on from both the governments. Now what will be the decision of the Supreme Court, all eyes are on it.
Delhi Pollution: Hearing on the issue of increasing pollution in Delhi-NCR is being held in the Supreme Court today. In the court, the Delhi government and the central government are putting forth their views to control pollution. While the Delhi government told about the measures being taken on its behalf, the central government has refused to provide the facility of work from home. It has been said from the center that it is in favor of car pooling to reduce pollution.Also Read – Delhi Air Pollution: Pollution is not decreasing in Delhi, all educational institutions will remain closed till further orders, rules continue
Let us tell you that during the hearing held recently, the Supreme Court had suggested the Center and the Delhi government to provide work from home facility to their employees as well as the option of cutting down on vehicles. Also Read – Delhi government will be formally out of liquor business
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Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi government, told the Supreme Court that stubble burning is also the cause of pollution and if its rate is 3-4%, we want to say that this is also a reason.
The Solicitor General told the Supreme Court that the Air Quality Management Commission for Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas had met and issued certain mandatory instructions to the senior officers of all Chief Secretaries of NCR states and central ministries and to the states.
The Solicitor General told the Supreme Court that the commission directed all NCR states to close all schools, colleges and educational institutions and conduct classes through online mode till further orders.
The Supreme Court told Singhvi that the focus of the Delhi government was on pollution and it was raising issues which were not relevant. We have taken care of this and in our order have asked the farmers not to burn stubble for two weeks.
The Solicitor General told the Supreme Court that except in the four exempted categories, all construction activities would have to be stopped by November 21. The commission also directed the use of smog towers, sprinklers and dust suppressants at least thrice a day in vulnerable hotspots.
The commission directed the NCR states to strictly ban the use of diesel generator sets except in emergency services, the SG told the Supreme Court.
On vehicular pollution, said the commission has ordered (state) authorities to ensure that diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years should not be allowed and CNG buses should be introduced soon. Should run soon.
The SG told the Supreme Court that industries using non-approved fuel should be closed with immediate effect and industries with gas connectivity should be shifted to gas immediately.
The Solicitor General told the SC that the commission issued directions to Delhi and other NCR states to ensure that all industries with gas connectivity run only on gas as fuel, with the industry shutting down.
At the same time, on behalf of the Central Government, SG Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that things were said against him in the media that he misled the court on burning stubble. The court says that it was not misguided and such criticism is bound to happen in public offices.
The Center in its affidavit has pointed to the directions issued by the Air Quality Management Commission for Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas, banning entry of trucks into Delhi till November 21, except for trucks carrying essential commodities, to thermal plants. Includes closure, restriction on construction.