SC slams Delhi on air emergency; says Odd-Even is not solution 

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New Delhi (NVI): Supreme Court today slammed Delhi government on the continuously deteriorating air quality in the national capital region stating that Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme may not be the solution to curb the menace.

The court said: “How do people breathe? ..Delhi is suffering badly and the Air Quality Index (AQI)  is up to 600 even today,” and asked Delhi government to tell whether there has been any relief from air pollution in the wake of Odd-Even scheme.

Notably, the Delhi government had rolled out the Odd-Even scheme on November 4 which is scheduled to end today.

The court also directed Centre to prepare a  road-map for installation of air-purifying towers across Delhi to deal with the pollution crisis.

Meanwhile, addressing the press conference, Union Minister Minister of Environment Prakash Javadekar said, “We are very serious on the issue of pollution and the Joint cooperation of all agencies is needed in Delhi.”

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital on Friday morning was recorded at 482 which falls under the “Severe” category with PM10 being 504 and PM2.5 — 332, according to the government of India’s air quality information service SAFAR.

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