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Take Urgent Measures: Supreme Court Raps Centre Over Air Pollution in Delhi

The SC on Friday asked the central government to decide the high levels of air pollution in Delhi NCR. Hearing the plea, the SC asked what steps should be taken to handle the air pollution.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana stated that air pollution is a ‘severe’ situation in Delhi and now people living there might have to wear masks at home. The court also stated that young children have to go to school in this pollution and this smog can affect their health drastically. They will be exposed to pollution, dengue and pandemic.

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When the SC was asked about what steps can be taken to normalize the air quality, the court said that it needs to come down to 200 from 500 points. They also suggested imposing a 2-day lockdown to the centre.

The SC also stated that there are 2 lakh machines available for stubble burning but they are expensive and farmers can’t afford them. Regarding this, they asked the centre that why the state governments or the centre can’t provide them with these machines and take away the stubble?

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They supported farmers that they can’t be the only ones to be blamed for the air pollution in the city and the authorities must deal with other causes too like industrial pollution, vehicle pollution etc.

The air quality in Delhi is worsening and since Diwali, it has been difficult for people to breathe there. The air quality in Delhi was ‘severe’ today morning with AQI recorded as 473. The AQI of nearby areas of Noida and Gurgaon was at 587 and 557 respectively.

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The SC also urged the centre to focus on important environmental issues other than politics and government issues. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the Centre, told the bench that the government will be holding a meeting today where they will discuss the emergency issue of air pollution.

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Air pollution has always been prevalent in Delhi, but it is worsening day by day instead of getting better. Even after so much pollution, people decided to burst firecrackers on Diwali. The condition in the capital city isn’t getting better. During Diwali, the AQI went up to 999 in areas of Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon.

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