SC to hear fresh plea today to curb rising pollution in Delhi-NCR; NGT says no review plea on odd-even scheme filed

The fresh plea seeks direction to the Centre and the states concerned to take measures on curbing road dust and stubble burning.

Published: 13th November 2017 10:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th November 2017 03:25 PM   |  A+A-

A traffic policeman wearing an anti-pollution mask mans traffic amid smog and air pollution which continues to be above dangerous level at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Monday. | PTI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court agreed to hear today itself a fresh plea seeking to curb rising pollution in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR).

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of lawyer R K Kapoor that rise in dust particles on roads, stubble burning in Delhi's neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab have led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the NCR and its adjoining areas.

"We cannot ignore the pollution," the bench said adding that it will hear the plea today itself after finishing the matters listed on its board.

The fresh plea seeks direction to the Centre and the states concerned to take measures on curbing road dust and stubble burning. It also seeks effective implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme.

Meanwhile, according to reports, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said that the Delhi government has not filed any review plea on the odd-even scheme with them as earlier claimed to the media.

READ HERE | Delhi government to approach NGT again over odd-even policy

Delhi saw a moderately foggy Monday morning with the minimum temperature at 12.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

At least 69 trains were delayed, 22 rescheduled and eight trains were cancelled due to the shallow fog in northern India.

"The sky will remain mainly clear during the day with moderate fog in the morning," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. 

Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 93 per cent and visibility was 400 metres. 

The Rejandra Nagar Terminal-New Delhi Sampoorna Kranti Express was delayed by over 24 hours while the Sitamarhi-Anand Vihar Lichavi Express was delayed by over 25 hours.

The cancelled trains include -- New Delhi-Varanasi Mahanama Express, Delhi-Azamgarh Kaifiyat Express, Anand Vihar-Mau Express, Sriganganagar-Delhi Intercity, Delhi-Fazlika Intercity, Delhi-Alipurdwar Mahananda Express and Raxual-Delhi Sadbhawana Express.

According to the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), no flights were delayed or cancelled.

Sunday's maximum temperature settled at 28.4 degrees Celsius, the season's average, while the minimum was 13 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.



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