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SC raps Kejriwal govt over Odd-Even, summons chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana

SC raps Kejriwal govt over Odd-Even, summons chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana

SC raps Kejriwal govt over Odd-Even, summons chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana
November 15
21:02 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the Delhi government over the Odd-Even scheme aimed at reducing pollution levels in the national capital. The court called the scheme as ‘half-baked’ and that the pollution levels were rising even after its implementation.

“Why cannot we have a clean Delhi? Evergreen and ever clean?,” a bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta said and directed the authorities to clear the 13 pollution hotspots in the national capital within a week.

“Delhi is suffering badly. The AQI inside the room is above 600 today. Outside the room, it is worse. How do people breathe?,” the bench said.

The Supreme Court summoned the chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab over issues of stubble burning adding to pollution in Delhi. The bench said that despite its order, the practice was continuing in Haryana, Punjab and in western Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government told the top court that the scheme helps reduce pollution levels by five to 15 per cent. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said that if the levels do not go down. During the hearing, the bench was told about the factors which contribute to pollution in the national capital. “Air quality is predicted to improve over the next two-three days. A final call on extending the odd-even scheme will be taken on Monday,” Kejriwal said.

The air quality index in the city remained in the ‘severe’ category at 466 at 11.30 am as a thick layer of toxic smog enveloped Delhi for the fourth consecutive day.

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