Air Pollution: NGT slams all parties, directs to stop industrial activities

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New Delhi, Nov 9: Taking a serious note on the worsening air quality in Delhi and NCR regions, the NGT  on Thursday pulled out the political parties which are still unheeded over the situation.

The NGT observed, “It is shameful for all the parties in this matter on what they’re passing on to the next generation”.

NGT observed, “Even construction work taking place openly isn’t being stopped, and when such a situation has ensued now action is being promised”.NGT further slammed neighbouring states of Delhi and raised the question on their seriousness on the grievous situation.

“All the constitutional authorities and statutory bodies measurably failed to perform their duties. So far pollution is the concern, it is a joint responsibility of all the stakeholders” said NGT.

It also asserted that Articles 21 and 48 of the Constitution, mandate that it is the responsibility of governments to make sure that citizens get a clean and conducive environment. Right to life is being snatched from people since they’re not getting a clean environment.

Several incidents witnessed despite the serious conditions arising in the country, where Smoke seen emerging from Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited plant in Mumbai’s Chembur this morning.

Stubble burning in Haryana’s Rohtak continues even as pollution levels rise in the region neighbouring states.

NGT said CPCB’s report has shown the extent of danger lurking in the air in Delhi NCR. Yesterday PM 10 levels, supposed to be 100, had touched 986, while the PM 2.5 levels, supposed to be 60, had reached 420. This has been the situation for the past week, ANI reported.

NGT has asked Delhi Government on the steps taken to curtail pollution, the number of challans issued to violators and the number of construction sites where work has been stopped. NGT asked, why rain isn’t artificially being triggered using helicopters.

Industrial activities to not be carried on in Delhi, till the next hearing directs NGT. NGT also directed, all the public authorities should depute an officer to monitor the polluting activities.

All the concerned states’ pollution control boards are directed to monitor all parameters.

Delhi High Court also directed emergency meeting be called by Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change secretary with Chief Secretaries of NCR states and pollution control agencies within three days on pollution.

Delhi High Court also directed to consider the possibility of cloud seeding as a measure to control pollution.

Delhi High Court observes: Odd-even scheme last year had unclogged the city, asks Delhi govt to consider implementing “odd-even vehicle movement scheme” as a short-term measure.

NGT says vehicles more than 10 years, in case of diesel and 15 years in case of petrol, should be prohibited to enter Delhi. The Tribunal also says “ban trucks carrying construction materials in Delhi-NCR”.

Next hearing on 14th November, NGT asked all concerned authorities and pollution control boards to file status report by then.

Wefornews Bureau

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