Private vehicles could go off Delhi roads to counter pollution

Using firewood to cook causes pollution and effects young children adversely. Credit Danish Siddiqui  Reuters

Using firewood to cook causes pollution and effects young children adversely. Credit Danish Siddiqui Reuters

The Supreme Court also ordered the transport department and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to display the list of all the older vehicles on their websites so that they can be impounded.

The apex court also directed the CPCB to make a social media account on which citizens can complain about pollution.

EPCA is permitted to take pre-emptive steps under the Graded Response Action Plan without strict adherence to pollution stages delineated in the plan.

With the air pollution indices deteriorating in northern India, the National Capital Region of Delhi to be more specific, the report brings into perspective the extent of the damage.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had in 2015 banned such vehicles.

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The authorities were also asked to prevent such vehicles from entering Delhi.

The Bench comprising Justice MB Lokur, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta has directed the matter to be listed on November 1, for implementation and compliance.

It termed as "eminently reasonable" the three suggestions given by the amicus and made it directions of the court, saying it must be implemented with immediate effect.

The mayors of Paris and Brussels recently called for Europe to hold an annual car-free day in a bid to ease air pollution, having held a vehicle-free day in their own cities in September.

"They are doing heavy duty manual work". Hundreds of people are earning their livelihood outside. what do you tell them?

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The Court also observed that a note prepared by the Chairman of EPCA and the photographs attached to the note indicated a fairly awful state of affairs with regard to pollution in various parts of Delhi.

"The photographs attached to the note indicate a fairly awful state of affairs with regard to pollution in various parts of Delhi".

"It is for this reason, we are compelled to pass the above orders in the first instance", the Court noted.

"Something that is critical as well is this issue of the neuro-development", she said.

"As per Air Quality Forecast the overall Air Quality of Delhi is likely to remain close to upper end of very poor category in the next two days", the IITM said. "Better waste management can reduce the amount of waste that is burned within communities and thereby reducing 'community air pollution.' The exclusive use of clean technologies and fuels for household cooking, heating and lighting activities can drastically improve the air quality within homes and in the surrounding community", the World Health Organization wrote in its press release.

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