The National Green Tribunal (NGT) as a measure to control the heavy smog situation banned all the construction work in Delhi and NCR for the next 7 days. It has come down heavily on Delhi and its neighbouring states for not taking appropriate actions to contain the deteriorating situation. “What preventive, precautionary and curative measure you are taking, tell us in tomorrow’s hearing,” NGT has told Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also criticized the AAP government for closing schools without doing any scientific study along with hitting the government for sprinkling water through cranes instead of choppers for controlling dust pollution.
The tribunal while rebuking the Delhi government said, “You have any data that shows reduction of smog? Why are you sprinkling water through cranes and not helicopters? Why couldn’t you deploy helicopters for sprinkling water to improve air quality? You are playing jokes. Cranes which fix lights are given for sprinkling water.”
In order to lift a thick haze of smoke, ash and other pollutants that has blanketed the capital city for more than a week, the recent attempts includes invalidating thousands of more than 15 year older diesel vehicles.
Earlier, in July 2016, the NGT has ordered to pull more than 10 year older diesel vehicles from road but that order was not implemented.
Apart from NGT, a petition was filed by Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) in Supreme Court regarding the alarming situation of pollution in the city. On which, the Apex Court has given a 48 hours deadline to the state government to come up with a common minimum programme to restrain air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region.
- PM 2.5 levels that causes breathlessness, throat irritation were above 700 in Delhi on 7 November, 2016.
- The Air quality index was dropped to 372 on 8 November, 2016 but still in hazardous zone.
- The Delhi Metro has halted its construction after the government orders for the same.
- NGT criticized AAP government for closing schools without doing any scientific study.