The Supreme Court today asked the centre to come up with an action plan in two days to check the rising pollution levels in New Delhi. The centre was told that it should either come up with a common minimum programme or action plan to check the rising pollution levels in the National Capital. The matter will be heard next on November 10.
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The order was passed when the court was hearing a petition filed by the Environmental Pollution Control Authority. In the petition the EPCA had sought for proper monitoring of the pollution levels.
Earlier the National Green Tribunal has ordered a one week ban on construction in Delhi. The order was passed while the NGT was hearing a case relating to the rising pollution levels in the National Capital. The NGT today said that it is banning construction of any type in Delhi for a week.
The NGT also came down heavily on the governments of Delhi and Punjab for failing to curb pollution. Why are you using cranes to sprinkle water with cranes instead of helicopters, the National Green Tribunal asked the Delhi government.Pulling up the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government, the NGT sought to know if there was any data that showed the reduction of smog in the National Capital.
The NGT wanted to know why water was being sprinkled with cranes instead of helicopters. Further the NGT also sought to know what major steps the government had taken to reduce pollution in the city. The NGT also said that officers present are not revealing the ground reality. All we see is construction work on the Delhi-Chandigarh route that violates guidelines, the NGT also observed.