Kejri govt in SC: Law, Constitution don’t say Delhi is India’s capital
Weather Conditions Play Part, AQI At 308
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.
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