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Centre lists slew of measures in SC to reduce air pollution in Delhi-NCR

Car pooling and sharing of vehicles proposed by govt instead of work from home
Delhi-NCR recorded its air quality in the very poor category on Wednesday morning and no major improvement is likely until Sunday, authorities said.

Our Bureau, PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 17.11.21, 01:12 PM

The Centre on Wednesday proposed a slew of measures in the Supreme Court including a ban on entry of all trucks in the national capital except vehicles carrying essential goods, shutting of schools and 50 per cent attendance in offices of GNCTD to reduce air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

Taking note of the Centre's submissions, the Supreme Court directed Delhi and NCR states to comply with these decisions which were taken at Tuesday's meeting to curb air pollution.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana posted the matter for hearing on November 24 after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that various steps are being taken and urged the top court not to pass any extreme orders.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana that a meeting of chief secretaries of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi along with others was held on Tuesday.

The issue regarding work from home for central government officers was considered but the total vehicles used for central government officers are not huge.

"So rather than implementing work from home we have issued an advisory for pooling and sharing of vehicles," Mehta told the bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant.

The Centre suggested 50 per cent attendance in offices of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD).

Citing prevailing air pollution levels, the Centre has also asked all its employees posted in the National Capital Region (NCR) to use public transport as far as possible while going to offices, a Personnel Ministry order said.

In case employees are using private or government vehicles, it is advisable that the vehicles are pooled in order to reduce their number on road, it said in the order issued to all the central government departments.

The Personnel Ministry also asked all employees to strictly follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and wear masks at all times and avoid non-essential travel.

"In view of the prevailing pollution levels in the National Capital Region (NCR), all central government employees posted in the central government offices located in NCR while attending offices, are advised to use public transport, as far as possible," it said. PTI AKV

Delhi-NCR recorded its air quality in the very poor category on Wednesday morning and no major improvement is likely until Sunday, authorities said.

The apex court was hearing a plea filed by environmental activist Aditya Dubey and law student Aman Banka, who sought directions to provide stubble-removing machines to small and marginal farmers for free.



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