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Delhi HC Asks Govt For Action Plan To Tackle Air Pollution

Urvee posted on 3rd December

It's no secret that air pollution levels in Delhi have reached startling levels. To put it into perspective, PM 2.5—particulate matter with size less than or equal to 2.5 microns, {the smallest and the deadliest pollutant}—was found to be the major pollutant in seven out of 10 monitoring stations across Delhi.

Umm, yikes.

The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi government for a time-bound action plan on tackling pollution in the capital and "expressed displeasure over unchecked rising pollution in Delhi."

"The level of PM 2.5 has crossed level of 60, then why hasn't the government done anything to curb it?," the court asked. {The permissible limit for PM 2.5 is 60 micrograms per cubic metre}. The court also wanted to know why the government had not taken action to ban the burning of garbage in the city.

Delhi Traffic Police meanwhile, said it has identified 14 places in Delhi with high pollution levels due to heavy traffic. This  includes the road from IIT flyover to Panchsheel, Ashram and the stretch from Gurgaon to Dhaula Kuan.

Incidentally, the court also asked for an air purifier to be installed in the High Court premises.

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