Supreme Court Seeks Report on Delhi-NCR Pollution

Supreme Court seeks CAQM report on Delhi-NCR pollution control measures. Urgent action is needed as winter and Diwali approach and underscores the importance of immediate measures to mitigate its impact.

Delhi-NCR pollution: The court requests an update from CAQM regarding air quality measures in the region.

The Supreme Court has requested a report from the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) concerning efforts to combat Delhi-NCR pollution. A bench consisting of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia acknowledged the concerns raised by senior advocate Aparajita Singh, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the pollution matter. Singh highlighted the impending problem of air pollution during the winter season and the issue of crop residue burning.

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The bench took note of these concerns and called upon the CAQM to urgently submit a report outlining the steps taken to control air pollution in the capital and its vicinity. The matter has been scheduled for further hearing on October 31.

Singh also drew attention to the fact that with the arrival of autumn and the approaching Diwali festival, Delhi-NCR pollution is likely to worsen. She requested that the bench obtain a report from the CAQM on measures taken to combat pollution during this period, with a particular focus on addressing crop residue burning.

CAQM’s October Directives on Air Quality

The CAQM had previously issued directives on October 6, instructing authorities in the National Capital Region (NCR) to enforce a ban on coal usage in hotels and restaurants. Additionally, they were directed to take punitive actions against polluting industries and thermal power plants due to the deteriorating air quality in Delhi. This action was in line with the ‘Graded Response Action Plan’ (GRAP), a pollution control strategy implemented in Delhi-NCR during the winter season.

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The CAQM is an independent body tasked with the responsibility of improving air quality in Delhi and its neighbouring areas. The Supreme Court’s intervention reflects the gravity of the air pollution issue in the region, particularly as winter approaches, and underscores the importance of immediate measures to mitigate its impact.

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