SC asks air quality commission to find permanent solution for Delhi pollution

Thermal power plants which were shut down continue to be so but more will not be shut as discussed with the power ministry.

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NEW-DELHI: On Thursday, the Supreme Court asked the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) to invite proposals from the general public and experts find the permanent solution to air pollution woes in the Delhi-NCR region.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana directed that the suggestions received should be considered by an expert group constituted by the Commission. The bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant, was hearing a plea seeking measures to alleviate Delhi’s pollution.

On the previous date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked all those who had approached it with applications seeking various reliefs in respect of the restrictions imposed by the directions of the Commission to approach the Commission itself.

Thursday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the court that deliberations were held with all those who had filed applications. Companies manufacturing life-saving equipment are allowed to use diesel gensets and Dairy and medical manufacturing are also allowed, he said.

He added that as far as industries are concerned, they were allowed for eight hours, but by their nature, some of them have to operate continuously. “So we have limited it to five days a week and staggered it further”, Mehta said.

Mehta said thermal power plants which were shut down continue to be so but more will not be shut as discussed with the power ministry.

All hospital constructions are permitted and for the others, only interior works are allowed. On other constructions, the commission will take a call on Friday, he submitted.

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