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Posted at: Dec 4, 2015, 1:34 AM; last updated: Dec 4, 2015, 1:29 AM (IST)

Living in Delhi like living in gas chamber: HC

‘Present action plan to fight menace of pollution’

New Delhi, December 3

Observing that the current air pollution levels in the national Capital have reached "alarming" proportions and it was akin to "living in a gas chamber", the Delhi High Court today directed the Centre and city government to present comprehensive action plans to combat it.

A Bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva termed the action plans filed by the environment ministry and Delhi Government as "not comprehensive" as they did not contain specific responsibilities of each authority and the timeline for carrying them out.

It directed them to file comprehensive action plans, which are the need of the hour, by the next date of hearing on December 21.

The court also said two major causes of air pollution in Delhi were dust particles and vehicular emissions and directed the Centre and city governments to ensure no construction of building or roads takes place without first ensuring that generation of dust was minimised.

It also directed the Delhi Government to ensure that garbage and leaves are not burned by people in the open, as was directed by the National Green Tribunal, and directed the city administration to publicise in print, audio and visual media that such practices are prohibited.

The court directed the city government to seek action taken reports from sub-divisional magistrates and tehsildars who have been tasked with carrying out surprise inspections with regard to dust generation from construction sites and burning of leaves and garbage.—PTI


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