Delhi Air Pollution Complete Lockdown:
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday quoted that “Ready to impose complete lockdown in the national capital to combat air pollution.” In a proposal submitted to the Supreme Court, the Delhi government claimed that the prescribed measures will be effective only lockdown is effective in NCR areas across neighboring states.
During the Supreme Court hearing, the apex court asked the Centre and the Kejriwal Government to respond on the issues such as which ‘industries can be stopped, which power plants can be stopped and which vehicle can be prevented from plying, and how can you provide alternative power by then?’, by tomorrow evening.
Delhi government informs Supreme Court that it's ready to impose lockdown but since it doesn't have air boundaries, Central Government can consider having it in the entire NCR and lockdown has to be imposed as a whole.— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2021
While going through the Delhi government’s affidavit, the Supreme Court further shared that the proposal is all about targeting farmers and how the whole cause behind pollution in Delhi is stubble burning. The top court said “It’s passing the buck to Municipal Commissioner. This kind of lame excuse will force us to hold an audit of the revenue you are earning and spend on popularity slogans.”
Matter adjourned for November 17. Supreme Court asks the Centre and States of NCR region to consider work from home for the employees in the meantime; also asks Chief secretaries of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana to be present for tomorrow's emergency meeting by the Centre.— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2021
It must be noted that with the passing days, a visible improvement in Dehli’s air quality was witnessed on Monday, however, the AQI still remained in the ‘very poor category at an air quality index of 318, which was 330 on Sunday.
It must be noted that as of now, the Delhi Government has directed all the schools to be shut for a week, w.e.f. 15th November. Moreover, all the construction work have been halted from 14th to 17th November, and all government offices will conduct 100% work from home for a week starting from 15th November considering the rising Delhi air pollution.