Air pollution: centre suggests odd-even scheme to Delhi
New Delhi: The Centre has submitted before the Supreme Court that instead of imposing a lockdown to fight against air pollution in Delhi, other measures including an odd-even scheme can also be considered.
The Centre has said that lockdown would be the most drastic measure taken to curb air pollution. Centre further said that an odd-even scheme for vehicular movement which was brought into the force in earlier occasions can also be considered. The Centre has also suggested for a ban on the entry of heavy vehicles into the National Capital Region (NCR).
A special bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant was hearing a plea by 17-year-old Delhi student Aditya Dubey concerning rising levels of air pollution in the Capital.
Centre response came after the Supreme Court suggested a two-day lockdown of Delhi to control air pollution. Court also suggested both the Centre and Delhi government take immediate steps to reduce the level of air pollution in the National capital.
During the hearing, the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta submitted that stubble burning was not the major cause of pollution and was only contributing to 10%. He further submitted that road dust naturally contributed to pollution.
“Dust control measures be taken at the construction site. We have suggested that diesel generating sets be stopped unless needed like in hospitals. Advise people with respiratory issues to avoid venturing out. Fines for ones indulging in garbage burning.”
Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government reiterated that a lockdown may be imposed but due to lack of air boundaries, the entire NCR would need to be locked down as a whole. Court has adjourned the further hearing to Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has agreed to a complete shutdown of the city for a limited period but also stated that lockdown would not be a solution to reduce the pollution level.