Supreme Court asks Delhi government to submit data on pollution levels

James Marshall
November 14, 2019

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the Odd-Even scheme may be extended if the air quality continues to drop.

Hearing a bunch of petitions on air pollution in Delhi, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta ordered the centre and Delhi government "to convene a meeting by tomorrow (Thursday) for working out the feasibility of installation of smog towers which take care of the smog within certain range of kilometres, to say 3 to 10 kms, and place their concrete proposal as it is an urgent matter from the point of view of Delhi". It also asked the government and the pollution control body to produce data between October 1 and December 31, 2018.

'The whole of North India is suffering and not much has been done by the government, ' Supreme Court Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S.A. Bobde said.

During winter season each year, most of northern India suffers from a spike in toxicity in the air due to the change in weather patterns and crop residue burning in the neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

Air quality in Delhi and surrounding areas once again turned to "severe" category on Wednesday morning, even as the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) hovered around 500. "They have not done anything for combating air pollution".

Explainer: Why does the same part of Delhi show different Air Quality readings at the same time? The index used by the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, showed a higher reading of 476 as it measures almost real-time values.

An AQI between 201 and 300 is "poor", 301-400 "very poor" and 401-500 "severe" while the AQI above 500 falls in the severe plus category. The AQI in adjoining areas of Noida and Greater Noida was recorded at 472 and 462 respectively while Faridabad and Gurugram had an AQI of 441 and 448 respectively. The Supreme Court has also directed. Fresh western disturbance is likely to increase the wind speed in Delhi by Friday, which will start improving the air quality.

"No sudden recovery is expected under this condition at least for the next two days and AQI is likely to deteriorate further", it said.

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