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Emergency Directions issued by Delhi HC to Deal With Air Pollution

The court noted that urgent steps are required to be taken in this matter as the air quality is being deteriorated every day and has gone from bad to worse. The court thus order to sprinkle water on road for dust to settle, it banned cutting of trees and has ordered for strict enforcement of construction code. The court further ordered the authorities to consider cloud seeding in this behalf.
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Air Pollution in Delhi has reached at an alarming high rate and to curb this menace the Delhi High Court has issued directions on thursday. 

In this matter, the amicus curiae Kailash Vasdev submitted before the court that at present there are three major concerns- pollution from vehicle and industrial pollution, fine particulates of air going beyond control and the pollution from the construction work. He further submitted that the Supreme Court, High Court and National Green Tribunal have passed several directions and none of them are being complied with. He alleged that the authorities also draw the plan but nothing has been done on ground level.

On hearing the submission by the amicus curiae the bench comprising of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva noted that the stubble burning is the major cause but the construction dust, vehicular and industrial emissions are also deadly causes and all the causes are needed to be dealt strictly and separately.

The court further noted that urgent steps are required to be taken in this matter as the air quality is being deteriorated every day and has gone from bad to worse. The court thus order to sprinkle water on road for dust to settle, it banned cutting of trees and has ordered for strict enforcement of construction code. The court further ordered the authorities to consider cloud seeding in this behalf.

The court has further ordered to hold a meeting within three days for coming up with short term plan to combat with the situation of air pollution. The court ordered the meeting to be held between Chief Secretary of Ministry of Environment & Forest with the chief secretaries of the Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The court has also issued directions to the hospitals to be ready with the equipments and staff to deal with the emergency cases because of air pollution. The Delhi Government has also announced that the odd-even scheme will be implemented again from November 13 to November 17.

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Mehak Sharma
Published on 10th Nov, 2017
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