NGT raps Delhi government for failing to file action plan

by Jared Lewis December 5, 2017, 1:06
NGT raps Delhi government for failing to file action plan

Taking to Twitter, the Delhi batsman said the political leaders are debating film releases and drawing diet charts for the people instead of addressing real issues.

Mr Sirsa had contended that the air quality standards in public places such as restaurants and bars were higher than the prescribed norms. Tharoor, also cited the instance of the choking smog disrupting the third Test between Sri Lanka and India, saying it showed the gravity of the situation in the city. "You simply keep holding meeting after meeting, and not do anything else".

During the course of proceedings, the bench was also informed that the action plan has been filed by only three states UP, Haryana and Rajasthan.

On Sunday, Sri Lankan cricketers complained about poor air quality during the ongoing Test match against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

The green body had earlier directed the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and every state pollution control boards to file ambient air quality analysis before the tribunal on monthly basis and also put up on their websites to enable the concerned authority to take effective steps to control the air pollution. The overall Air Quality Index was recorded at 391, a sharp rise from Sunday's 351. "You want to exempt two-wheelers, despite them being the ones which pollute more".

"This action plan should have a direct nexus to the levels of pollution once the pollution levels of PM2.5 and PM10 increase 300 and 500 microgramme per cubic meter respectively". However, it is menacingly close to the "severe" category. Pollution is said to be in the "very poor" category when AQI is between 300 and 400 - anything above that is "severe".

The India Meteorological Department said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture. Thereafter, Delhi is expected to witness scattered rains on December 5 or 6 which will help in settling down the pollution present in the air. The maximum was 26.4 degrees Celsius, a degree above normal. The weather will remain cloudy on Tuesday, said the weather forecast. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be between 23 and 11 degrees Celsius respectively.


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