Supreme Court asks Centre to explore possibilities of combating air pollution

14 Novembre, 2019, 03:56 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • This chart shows different AQI categories and their effects on the population. — Courtesy

On 1 November, the Delhi government ordered closure of all schools till 5 November after the EPCA declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR due to a harmful spike in pollution post Diwali.

The court directed the Centre to expedite the deliberations on the issue and come before the court with its findings on December 3.

The Delhi government is also deliberating on extending the odd-even scheme after the AQI spiked on November 11 and 12 when the scheme was not in effect.

The top court also asked the city government and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to provide data on the air quality index (AQI) from October 1 to December 31 of a year ago.

"In our view, little constructive efforts have been made by the government and other stakeholders to find a solution to the problem", a top court bench, led by outgoing Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said.

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The Centre told the apex court that it is exploring the technology and is looking at methods using which Japan has tackled the pollution crisis by.

Speaking to the media, he said he is anxious about people's health as well as country image before the world because of the air pollution. "They have not done anything for combating air pollution". 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.

According to the "System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)", an AQI between 0-50 is termed as "Good", 50-100 as "Satisfactory", 100-200 is considered as "Moderate", 200-300 as "Poor", 300-400 as "Very Poor", and 400-500 is described as "Severe", and above 500 is categorised as "Emergency". 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. Fresh western disturbance is likely to increase the wind speed in Delhi by Friday, which will start improving the air quality.

Pollution during the day on Wednesday was expected to improve slightly but PM2.5 levels, but will start rising immediately after the sunset, the forecast said earlier in the day.

The air quality in the national capital is likely to deteriorate further today, according to SAFAR.

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