In a bid to curb air pollution in Delhi, the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday banned construction activities in the national capital for one week and has also instructed that no stone crushers will be used and no garbage burning shall take place for the next 7 days. The Supreme Court on Tuesday also directed the Centre to devise a common minimum programme to restrain air pollution in the national capital within 48 hours. The Centre has also been asked to inform the court about the policy, if any, to tackle the drop in air levels of Delhi.
NGT also lashed out at Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab for not taking effective steps in relation to stubble burning. It has also asked these states to hold a coordination meeting with Delhi Chief Secretary for it and has asked for a detailed report on the measures taken till no in the hearing scheduled for Wednesday. The NGT also questioned Delhi government over its decision to shut schools and also questioned whether any scientific study has been conducted for the prevalent situation.
Delhi is facing its worst smog in 17 years and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had yesterday announced “emergency” measures to deal with the situation, including ban on construction and demolition activities for five days and temporary closure of Badarpur Power Plant. As per the advisory issued by the Delhi Health Department, citizens have been asked to avoid highly-polluted areas and adopt other measures.
“People with chronic airway diseases like bronchial asthma and lung diseases, should avoid outdoor activities including morning and evening walks,” the advisory said. It also cautioned those persons to use their regular medicine and inhalers.