Kejri govt in SC: Law, Con­sti­tu­tion don’t say Delhi is In­dia’s cap­i­tal

Weather Con­di­tions Play Part, AQI At 308

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Tses to ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra load of women and two-wheelers. But this would re­quire a year’s time, it said, and re­it­er­ated its ear­lier plea ask­ing for ex­emp­tions for women and two-wheelers for one year, or till the 2,000 buses are en­gaged.

Pass­ing a slew of other di­rec­tions, the bench di­rected that 10-year-old diesel ve­hi­cles should be seized from the roads im­me­di­ately as such ve­hi­cles were still found to be still run­ning de­spite court or­ders. he Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment put an un­ex­pected ques­tion to the Supreme Court on Tues­day: Has the Con­sti­tu­tion or any law passed by Par­lia­ment de­clared Delhi as the cap­i­tal of In­dia? Ar­gu­ing for the Delhi gov­ern­ment in its ef­fort to carve out spe­cific ar­eas for un­hin­dered ex­er­cise of its ex­ec­u­tive power, se­nior ad­vo­cate Indi- ra Jais­ing told a five-judge SC bench on Tues­day, “Cap­i­tal is not de­fined by any law... There is the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory of Delhi Act but it does not con­sti­tute Delhi as the cap­i­tal of In­dia” Jais­ing said there has to be a di­vi­sion of ex­ec­u­tive power be­tween the Cen­tre and the Delhi gov­ern­ment so as to en­able the Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment to func­tion smoothly and ex­er­cise its func­tions unim­peded by the Cen­tre, re­ports

New Delhi: Af­ter record­ing seven suc­ces­sive “se­vere” days, the cap­i­tal’s air im­proved to “very poor” on Tues­day. En­cour­ag­ingly, the met depart­ment fore­cast even bet­ter air qual­ity over the next two days. Delhi’s over­all AQI of 308 was a stark im­prove­ment from Mon­day morn­ing’s 460 — which was in the “emer­gency” cat­e­gory un­der the Graded Re­sponse Ac­tion Plan. Tues­day was also the city’s clean­est day since Oc­to­ber 18 when it had an AQI of 302.

Even as ex­perts at­trib­uted the im­prove­ment in air qual­ity to a host of “emer­gency” mea­sures, they also cited me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions — such as an in­crease in sur­face wind speed as well a change in the wind di­rec­tion — as rea­sons for lower pol­lu­tion lev­els. Sur­face wind speed in­creased to 7km/hour on Mon­day evening and was around 8 km/ hour on Tues­day against 2 km/hour last week.

CPCB data showed both PM2.5 and PM10 had come down be­low the “emer­gency” lev­els of 300 and 500 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tre, re­spec­tively, by 7am on Tues­day. PM2.5 con­tin­ued to fall and reached 258 μg/m3 even as PM10 lev­els fell to 389 μg/m3 . SAFAR pre­dicted even more im­prove­ment in the next two days with PM2.5 lev­els ex­pected to fall to 220 μg/m3 on Wed­nes­day and 218 μg/m3 on Thurs­day. PM10 for Wed­nes­day is also fore­cast at 338 μg/m3, which will be in the “poor” cat­e­gory.

Met depart­ment had ear­lier pre­dicted show­ers on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. How­ever, of­fi­cials from the Re­gional Weather Fore­cast­ing Cen­tre said it was un­likely now. “There is no pos­si­bil­ity of rain in the next few days as the western dis­tur­bance has moved away. Delhi, how­ever, will con­tinue to see im­proved air qual­ity in the next two days with wind speed re­main­ing high and touch­ing 10km/hour. There will still be shal­low fog in the morn­ings with vis­i­bil­ity be­tween 700 and 800 me­tres,” said Kuldeep Shri­vas­tav, a sci­en­tist at RWFC.

Delhi’s clean­est lo­ca­tion was Dil­shad Gar­den in the “poor” cat­e­gory, whereas DTU was the most pol­luted. In NCR, Ghazi­abad re­mained the most pol­luted with an AQI of 467, fol­lowed by Noida at 410. Peak pol­lu­tion lev­els in the cap­i­tal were 9-10 times the safe stan­dard.

CPCB to crack down on land­fill fires

The city might be in the grip of a pol­lu­tion emer­gency, but land­fill sites, such as Bhal­swa, con­tin­ued to spew toxic smoke, the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board said on Tues­day. CPCB was likely to is­sue show-cause no­tice to the North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion in light of the sit­u­a­tion, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

The de­ci­sion was taken fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion by a CPCB team. “The team re­ported fire at the Bhal­swa land­fill site. Our teams will also in­spect other land­fill sites, in­clud­ing Ghazipur,” the of­fi­cial, who wished anonymity, said. An of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the north Delhi civic body said: “We take all mea­sures, when­ever a fire is re­ported in the land­fill, to keep it un­der check.”

(With in­puts from PTI)

The NGT asked Delhi gov­ern­ment to iden­tify the city’s most pol­luted ar­eas by 4pm on Tues­day and to sprin­kle wa­ter from high rise build­ings to set­tle dust and pol­lu­tants there. It also lifted the ear­lier pro­hibitory order on non-pol­lut­ing in­dus­tries and those in­volved in es­sen­tial ser­vices and eat­a­bles.

“We di­rect NCT Delhi, all cor­po­ra­tions and the PCBs to iden­tify by 4pm today the area which is highly pol­luted in Delhi and en­sure sprin­kling of wa­ter by us­ing ap­pro­pri­ate equip­ment, and if pos­si­ble even through the he­li­copter to bring down par­tic­u­late mat­ter. The val­ues of that ar- ea should be recorded by the boards and IIT Delhi prior and four-six hours there­after,” the bench said.

The NGT also per­mit­ted con­struc­tion work at the east­ern pe­riph­eral ex­press­way in NCR, sub­ject to an as­sur­ance by the se­nior-most Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity of In­dia of­fi­cer that no dust pol­lu­tion or emis­sions would be caused.

Tak­ing note of CPCB data, it said PM 10 val­ues were cross­ing 1,000 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tre at cer­tain lo­ca­tions, while PM 2.5 lev­els were be­tween 594 and 802 mi­cro­grams, ask­ing the Delhi gov­ern­ment to sprin­kle wa­ter through high rise build­ings and use fire brigades as well.

“The lad­ders on these fire brigades can go up to a good height, so use them. How­ever, don’t waste wa­ter by spray­ing it on trees,” said the bench. ➤ Delhi’s air qual­ity im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly on Tues­day— com­ing down to the ‘very poor’ cat­e­gory for the first time in eight days. The AQI fell to 308 com­pared to 460 on Mon­day ➤ This was also Delhi’s clean­est day since Oc­to­ber 18 when AQI was at 302 ➤ SAFAR fore­casts fur­ther im­prove­ment in air qual­ity in the next two days due to a change in wind di­rec­tion and in­crease in sur­face wind speeds, which will im­prove vis­i­bil­ity as well ➤ Ghazi­abad re­mained the most pol­luted lo­ca­tion, re­main­ing in the ‘se­vere’ cat­e­gory with an AQI of 467 AQI OF DELHI FROM WED­NES­DAY TO TUES­DAY (THIS WEEK) DELHI GHAZI­ABAD The

ban on the en­try of trucks in Delhi was on Tues­day ex­tended till fur­ther or­ders due to fluc­tu­at­ing lev­els of air pol­lu­tion, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said. The ban on the en­try of trucks was im­posed from 11pm on Novem­ber 9 af­ter the pol­lu­tion lev­els reached “se­vere plus” cat­e­gory.

The ban ex­pired at 11pm on Novem­ber 12. “The air pol­lu­tion level kept fluc­tu­at­ing even af­ter the pre­scribed pe­riod of ban. It has been ex­tended till fur­ther or­ders and a no­ti­fi­ca­tion to this ef­fect has also been is­sued,” the of­fi­cial said.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion has asked the Delhi traf­fic po­lice and the cor­po­ra­tions to pro­hibit the en­try of heavy and medium goods ve­hi­cles, ex­cept those car­ry­ing es­sen­tial com­modi­ties, in the na­tional cap­i­tal. As per GRAP, the ban on en­try of truck comes into force when PM2.5 lev­els cross 300 mi­cro­gramme per me­tre cube and PM10 lev­els rise over 500 mi­cro­gramme per me­tere cube.

Source: pol­lu­

Dwarka Shadipur Gurgaon ITO Ghazi­abad Noida Farid­abad

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