The NGT asked the Aam Aadmi Party government if it held meetings in August and September to tackle pollution, given that Diwali and crop burning were known factors leading to the smog.
Pollution levels have spiked in recent days as farmers in neighbouring Indian states burn crop stubble after the harvest and temperatures cool, trapping pollutants in a smoggy haze over the city.
For, a simple comparison of the pollution levels in both cities, the air in Anand Vihar, Delhi, recorded PM10 of 1635 microgram per cubic metre yesterday while Anna Nagar in Chennai averages only 80 mg per cubic metre. "Why weren't preventive steps taken to curb air pollution?" the green panel asked Delhi Government. City government is also planning to bring back Odd Even scheme soon and preparations are already on.
Other emergency measures include a ban on the use of generators, and burning leaves and a 10-day shutdown of a thermal power plant in Badarpur on the outskirts of Delhi. Why are you sprinkling water through cranes and not helicopters? The Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi-based research and lobbying organization, said government data shows that the smog that has covered the city for the last week is the worst in 17 years. In fact, Goel said, Delhi's own dust and poison-spewing vehicles were greater culprits than crops in the two agrarian states.
A normally bustling fitness studio was nearly empty, and when a client used an instrument to show staff that indoor air quality was also hazardous, they said they could do little about it with outdoor pollution so high.
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The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of being busy in politics rather than taking concrete steps to control pollution.
Following in New Delhi's footsteps, officials in the city of Lucknow, the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, have also been forced to close schools on Monday and Tuesday due to ghastly pollution levels. Also, the deputy commissioners in the affected districts have been empowered to declare holidays for schools should the pollution situation worsen.
The Indian government has imposed emergency measures due to a significant decline in air quality in New Delhi.
TERI Director General Ajay Mathur recommended use of technology to convert agricultural waste into bio-char, congestion pricing for all vehicles and gradual phase out of old vehicles.
The NGT's observations came even as air quality and visibility improved owing to a wind speed of 15 kmph.