In seven out of 10 monitoring stations of the Central Pollution Control Board across Delhi, PM 2.5 was found to be the major pollutant. Infact, taking a note of air quality and high amount of pollutants in the national capital, Delhi HC observed that, “It seems like we are living in a gas chamber.” (as on 3rd Dec 2015)
A bench of Justice also observed that people were not following the rules by the Centre and Delhi government’s action plans on air pollution. The court directed Delhi government to ensure “zero tolerance” for violation of rules.
The court also pointed the traffic police to strictly implement laws to ensure that people are following the rules cautiously.
“Don’t allow them to do that,” said the court. “As a first measure, you announce on TV and radio that there will be zero tolerance for shifting lanes and crossing the yellow lines. Issue challans.”
Recently, alarmed at hazardously increasing air pollution in New Delhi, the government had banned all vehicles which were more than 15 years old from plying on the city roads. The order was also upheld by the Supreme Court.
The court also directed the Delhi government to come up with a policy to regulate bursting of firecrackers during the coming wedding season and festival season and raise awareness about burning of leaves, garbage and plastic being banned in the capital. Under orders from National Green Tribunal, the Delhi government had issued notifications on October 20 empowering SDMs and tehsildars to issue challans for these violations.
“try to dissuade people from excessive use of firecrackers, through electronic and print media as it is for the safety of the citizens themselves.”
The bench took up the issue of air pollution in the city as a suo motu PIL earlier this year. The matter will now be taken up on December 21.
These are some suggestions from court:
- Traffic police to give protective gear including masks to the faculty.
- Delhi government to consider creating rules to restrict entry of cars on roads, make car-pooling compulsory/ban entry of even or odd number vehicles on certain days.
- Centre to accelerate work on funding intelligent traffic management system.
Source: Indian Express