Kejriwal govt agrees for lockdown to combat air pollution

In a affidavit to the Supreme Court, the Delhi government has agreed to a complete lockdown of Delhi to fight against deteriorating the air pollution. But it has stated that lockdown only cannot solution for reduce the air pollution in national capital

Kejriwal govt agrees for lockdown to combat air pollution

New Delhi: The Delhi government has filed a detailed affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that it has ready for the complete lockdown to fight air pollution in the National capital.

In the affidavit, the Delhi government has said that lockdown will have only a limited impact, it would not help much to reduce air pollution. Lockdown is also needed for the neighbouring areas of Delhi Which also come under the National Capital Region (NCR), stated in the Affidavit.

"The Delhi government is ready to take steps like complete lockdown to control local emissions. However, such a step would be meaningful if it is implemented across the NCR areas in neighbouring states. Given Delhi's compact size, a lockdown would have limited impact on the air quality regime," explained in the affidavit.

“We are ready to consider this step if the same is mandated for the entire NCR areas by the Government of India or by the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas," said the Delhi government.

While hearing the PIL, seeking direction to the Centre and Delhi government, Supreme Court suggested two day lockdown of the National Capital and directed the Centre and Delhi government to file an affidavit in this regard.