Arvind Kejriwal convenes emergency meeting regarding rising pollution in Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called an emergency meeting today to tackle air pollution, in which Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Environment Minister Gopal Rai and Delhi Chief Secretary will participate in the meeting.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Raman, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said, “Tell us how we can reduce the AQI from 500 to at least 200 points. Take some necessary measures. Are you going to take two days of lockdown or Can think of anything else? How can people live?”

The top court said the air quality in Delhi is in the ‘severe’ category and will further deteriorate in the next two to three days. The court has asked the Center to take an emergency decision. “We will see a long-term solution later,” the court said.

During the hearing of a petition on air pollution in Delhi, the Supreme Court told the Center, “Young children have to go to school in this season, we are exposing them. Dr Guleria (AIIMS) said that we are exposing them to pollution, epidemic and dengue.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the Supreme Court that in today’s meeting, the government will have to address the emergency situation of air pollution. The Center told the Supreme Court that the metrological department was consulted and according to it the air in Delhi remained stable in the matter of stubble burning. In this way, the Center said that till November 18, we have to be alert.

The Supreme Court also asked the Delhi government what happened to its decision to set up smog towers and emission control projects. The Supreme Court told the Delhi government that it has opened all schools in the national capital and now the lungs of children are exposed to pollutants.

The Supreme Court asked the Delhi government, “It is your jurisdiction, not the Centre’s. What is happening on that front?” The Supreme Court has fixed November 15 for hearing the air pollution case and asked the Center to explain the steps taken to control it.

first published:Nov. 13, 2021, 12:20 p.m.


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