SC directs govt to notify action plan for air quality
As the national capital is suffocating due to plummeted air quality index, the Supreme Court has advised the central government to notify the action plan for the different levels of pollution prevailing in Delhi and the national capital region. The important order regarding the action plan is announced by a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice AK Sikri, and Justice SA Bobde. It is learned that the vital order came after the SC cleared the report tabled by the Central Pollution Control Board. As per the report, the CPCB categorises pollution into four basic categories: moderate to poor, very poor, severe, and emergency. The CPCB, in the report, suggests different action plans to control the pollution rate in different levels. If the pollution is in ‘moderate to poor’ level, the authorities, as per the CPCB report, will have to enforce ban on the garbage burning and control thermal power plant and industrial emission. Once it enters the poor level, the authorities will also have to impose ban on the diesel generators, increase parking fees, and also increase public transport services. If it enters severe or severe plus levels, the authorities will have to implement stricter plans. In this stage, the authorities are advised to block diesel trucks from entering the region, impose odd-even action plans and much stricter policies.
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