SC on Delhi air pollution: Declare 2-day lockdown if needed

New Delhi, Nov. 13: The Supreme Court of India on Saturday took a serious view of the severe pollution engulfing Delhi-NCR and told the Centre to consider declaring a two-day lockdown to curb the air pollution.

The court asked the government to consider some immediate measures to bring the pollution in Delhi-NCR down from the current “severe” levels. “Air pollution is a serious,” Chief Justice NV Ramana noted while hearing a petition on air pollution in Delhi.

“Tell us how we can reduce AQI from 500 at least by 200 points. Take some urgent measures. Can you think of two days lockdown or something? How can people live?” the CJI-led bench said. “We want urgent measures to be taken and in two-three days time the pollution should reduce,” the court told the Centre. People are forced to wear masks even in their homes, it observed.

Delhi Air Pollution: Here’s How You Can Save Yourself

Delhi Air Pollution: Here's How You Can Save Yourself
Delhi Air Pollution: Here’s How You Can Save Yourself

It’s that time of the year again. As the Capital struggles to breathe due to air pollution and a blanket of smog enveloping the skyline, Delhiites — already masked up because of the deadly coronavirus — are making changes to their lifestyle to escape the clutches of the annual, unwelcome guest.

On Saturday morning, the overall air quality in Delhi was recorded in the “severe” category with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 499 at 7:35am, according to the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR). On Friday at 4pm, the AQI in the national capital was 471 due to over 4,000 farm fires, which played a major role in deteriorating the air quality levels across the Delhi-NCR.

A sub-committee on Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) said meteorological conditions will be highly unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants till November 18 and agencies concerned must be fully ready to implement measures under ’emergency’ category.


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