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Delhi pollution: Forced to wear mask at home, says CJ; directs govt to make emergency plan to tackle situation

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New Delhi: Amid dismally poor quality of air and severe pollution, the Supreme Court on Saturday asked the central government to come up with an emergency plan by Monday to tackle the situation. It also suggested a two-day lockdown to immediately bring down pollution level.

Chief Justics NV Ramana remarked that the situation as so bad that one had to wear masks inside the house.

“You tell us how you plan to take emergency measures. Two-day lockdown? What is your plan on lowering the AQI level?” he asked.

Accepting the gravity of the situation, the government said that breathing the Delhi air was like smoking 20 cigarettes in a day.

The AQI (air quality index) level of Delhi moved from very poor to severe this week. This was blamed on massive stubble burning by farmers.  Smoke and haze continued to affect visibility in Delhi on Saturday morning as well.

The central government said that steps were being taken to stop stubble burning, but blamed the sudden rise in pollution on stubble burning in Punjab. “The state government needs to buckle up,” it submitted.

In response, the CJ said that stubble burning accounted for just a certain percentage and asked the government what it was doing to control pollution in Delhi caused by other factors.

Justice DY Chandrachud said that a change was unlikely if the farmers were not given an incentive.

“Everybody has passion for blaming farmers; have you seen how crackers are being burnt in Delhi for the last 7 days,” the court observed.

He also pointed out that with schools reopening, children were being exposed to air pollution.

“We are exposing little children. Schools are open. Dr Guleria (Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS chief) said there is Covid, dengue and pollution and children are going out in this weather.”

 

 

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