East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir has donated his salary for the renovation and reconstruction of several public places that were not covered under the MPLAD funds.
The move comes as air quality in Delhi-NCR is expected to further deteriorate the next month.
Though IIT-B is back onboard to complete the court-project smog tower at Anand Vihar, experts say Delhi needs over 2.5 million smog towers for any effective change in AQI levels
The apex court asked Mehta to apprise it on August 10 about the time frame and also when the work for the installation of the smog tower can be started.
Hazardous smog left several players with coughs and breathing difficulties during qualifying last week.
With respect to water quality supplied in Delhi, the bench sought a report from the pollution control boards concerned as well as the Indian Bureau of Standards.
With 91 per cent humidity, absence of wind and the pollution from Bhogi bonfires along with other usual sources, smog hit the city on Tuesday morning.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Delhi government, said the smog tower, being a pilot project, would require nearly nine months.
Many were built in the past five years as heavy industry and construction fuelled a booming economy.
Vehicular emissions, as well as illegal crop burning in the farm states surrounding New Delhi, have caused air quality to deteriorate dramatically, prompting calls for tough action.
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.
At least 69 trains were delayed, 22 rescheduled and eight trains were cancelled due to the shallow fog in northern India.
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.
According to a MeT department official, the minimum temperature fell to 13 degree Celcius, one degree below the season’s average. The weatherman also predicted the rain on November 14 or 15.
Dense smog continued to enshroud Delhi and the National Capital Region on Sunday, with pollution level remaining in the ‘severe’ category.