Smog- Treat Delhi pollution as public health emergency, SC told

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The Supreme Court will hear a petition relating to the rising pollution levels in Delhi on Tuesday. The Environment Pollution Control Authority and the Amicus Curae in the case sought an early hearing of the matter stating that Delhi is facing an emergency situation.

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The Amicus Curae Aparjita Singh told the court that the orders of the SC were not being implemented. The SC has passed extensive orders on this subject, but the same is not being implemented, she also said.

A view of New Delhi street covered with dense smog on Saturday.

Further the court was told that the pollution in Delhi was caused by the high number of vehicles, unchecked construction, dust on the roads and burning of garbage. This has been compounded by burning of paddy residue by the farmers in Punjab and Haryana the EPCA told the court. Please treat this petition as a public health emergency and hear it at the earliest, the EPCA also told the Supreme Court.

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