New Delhi, November 8: Once again the people of Delhi don’t know whom to blame for the pollution problem. As again the Delhi, Kejriwal government is blaming burning of the crop from the neighboring state Punjab and Haryana, where as the central government is says that 20% is from burning of the crop and 80% the Delhi itself responsible.
Even as the residents of Delhi and NCR are left under severe smog conditions the past few days, there seems to be no clear call on the exact cause of the pollution due to politics and blame-games. There is no unanimity among different governments or agencies over the real culprit behind the smog that disrupted the lives of the people.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday called the pollution level in Delhi as 'dreaded' and 'severe.' The apex court sought a response from Centre on the issue and asked them to come up with an action plan to curb the pollution.
Noting down the suggestions given by Sunita Narain, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and other concerned parties asked the government to come up with a Common Minimum Programme in a time period of 48 hours on tackling air pollution.
The court will pass the detailed order once the government submits its response. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) earlier in the day on Tuesday banned the construction activities for a week in order to check the alarming rise in Particulate Matter (PM) level in the air.
It is notable that the quality of air in the capital has worsened ever since Diwali. The clouds of smog have been enveloping the city from more than a week now. Meanwhile, people are complaining of itching in eyes and respiratory problems.
Faced with criticism, the city government has announced a list of measures, including the closing down of schools.
LG Najeeb Jung announced that all 15-year-old diesel vehicles will be de-registered and a temporary ban on construction activities will be extended till November 14. The burning of crop stubble in farms contributed to the thick cover of hazardous haze that has been shrouding the city.
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