Tribune press service
New Delhi, December 16
The Supreme Court on Thursday welcomed the measures taken by the Center and the Commission for the management of air quality in the NCR and adjacent areas to reduce air pollution.
A bench led by CJI NV Ramana asked the Commission to invite the public and experts to make suggestions on next steps.
He published the case the first week of February next year after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “We have a long-term solution committee with NEERI experts on board to find a solution so that the gut reaction for each year is not necessary. . “
Earlier, Mehta had informed the court that the Commission had lifted the ban on the medical, rice, dairy, paper and textile industries in an attempt to improve air quality. However, the ban on construction activities will continue and schools will continue to operate in virtual mode for the time being, the Commission informed.
Mehta said: “All hospital construction is allowed and for the rest of the construction activity, the interior etc. can continue, but not the actual construction… There is continuous inspection by the 40 squadrons. ruffles. “
He said milk and dairy processing units in the NCR had been authorized to resume 24/7 operations by the Commission. Likewise, the medicine, medicine and life-saving equipment industries can resume full-time activities while the paper and pulp, rice, rice and textile processing industries, and the garment industries. can operate five days a week.
Industries closed due to the failed PNG switch can now operate eight hours a day, the Commission told the court, adding that the resumption of use of diesel generators had been allowed in 44 residential and commercial spaces. .
During the hearing, CJI pointed out that the air quality was poor on Thursday.
Power plants were allowed to operate taking into account the demand for electricity. This was after the Energy Ministry said existing plants could no longer remain closed and even the six plants located within the 300 km radius of Delhi could not remain closed beyond December 15.
On behalf of petitioner Aditya Dubey, lead lawyer Vikas Singh argued that there should be a scientific study of the matter. Noting that shutting down thermal power plants results in the use of diesel generators, Singh suggested that power plants located within 300 km of Delhi should be relocated as a permanent solution to the problem.
The highest court had previously passed a series of ordinances shutting down industries and banning the entry of trucks into the nation’s capital, except those carrying essential goods.