HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Due to the surging pollution levels in the capital city, the SC proposed that the Centre and the Delhi govt should impose a lockdown for two days in Delhi
  • The plea was filed in the Supreme Court by 17-year-old Delhi student Aditya Dubey concerning rising levels of air pollution in the city
  • SC instructed that officials should deal with other causes too, including vehicular pollution, dust and industrial pollution
  • CM Arvind Kejriwal has called for an emergency meeting today at 5 pm to discuss the issue

Today, in view of the rising pollution levels in the capital city, the Supreme Court proposed that the Centre and the Delhi government should impose a lockdown for two days in Delhi. The decision of SC came while it was hearing a case on this matter.

During the hearing, the bench comprising of Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Raman, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant termed the air quality in Delhi as ‘severe’. They mentioned that in another 2-3 days, the quality is likely to fall further for which it requested the Centre to take an emergency decision. The plea was filed in the Supreme Court by 17-year-old Delhi student Aditya Dubey concerning rising levels of air pollution in the city.

Representing the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said to the bench that the government is going to conduct a meeting today. In the meeting, Mehta added that the authorities will focus on the emergency situation of air pollution. Centre, however, highlighted that till November 18, it has to be watchful as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of a spurt in stubble burning as one of the reasons.

The SC reiterated that the farmers alone cannot be blamed for the rising pollution levels over stubble burning. Instead, it added that officials should deal with other causes too, including vehicular pollution, dust and industrial pollution. It also questioned the Delhi government regarding what happened to its decision to install smog towers and emission control projects.

Reportedly, CM Arvind Kejriwal has called for an emergency meeting today at 5 pm. The matter has been posted for hearing on Monday. It also instructed the Centre to call an emergency meeting of all the stakeholders.

As of Friday, the air quality level in Delhi fell drastically with the Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recording an AQI of 471. Till November 18, a sub-committee on Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) said meteorological conditions will be highly unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants.

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