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.
After a relative respite on Saturday, the national capital was enveloped in a thick blanket of smog on Sunday due to high levels of humidity.
Dense smog continued to enshroud Delhi and the National Capital Region on Sunday, with pollution level remaining in the ‘severe’ category.
The Aam Aadmi Party said the smog in Delhi is not due to stubble burning in Punjab, but is being caused by industrial and vehicle pollution.
The minister, said it was expected that in another 24 hours things would be under control due to measures being undertaken by various government agencies.
Calling it an "emergency situation", the bench asked the government to consider the option of "cloud seeding" to induce rainfall artificially, as an immediate step.
The High Court said October to January was a "critical period" when the air quality in Delhi is poor due to the weather conditions and the stubble during this period acted as a 'trigger'.