New Delhi: The Delhi government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court urging the latter to allow construction of hospitals in the city.
The Centre and state governments had once again been at the receiving end of SC’s ire for failing to bring down air pollution in the NCR.
Construction activities have been banned due to increasing air pollution in national capital.
On Thursday, the Apex Court had given a 24-hour ultimatum to the Delhi government to take stringent measures to curb pollution.
In its affidavit, the government argued that it has begun revamping hospital infrastructure to prepare for the third wave of Covid-19 as well as constructing new hospitals.
It sought exemption from construction ban for the work on hospitals.
Flying squads formed
The Centre told the Supreme Court that an enforcement taskforce and flying squads have been constituted by the Commission for Air Quality Management to monitor compliance with the directions to control air pollution in the region.
On Thursday, shortly after the SC rap, the Delhi government announced closure of all schools until further notice. The schools had been reopened on Monday due to a forecast of decline in pollution, according to Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai.
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