The deteriorating Air quality in Delhi-NCR is major concern. As Delhi/NCR is among the most polluted regions of the world. Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Bhiwadi and other NCR towns all recorded ‘very poor’ category air on Monday.
Centre told Supreme Court that it is planning to form a permanent body with the help of new comprehensive law to deal with annual air pollution issue in Delhi-NCR along with the issue of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
“I will not share any details of the law or what penalties are involved but this is a comprehensive law focused only on the Delhi/NCR region to curb the air pollution menace here from various sources. It is not an amendment of existing laws,” RP Gupta, secretary, environment ministry said while talking to Hindustan Times.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Centre, said that the government has taken a holistic view of the issue of air pollution in Delhi NCR, which also includes pollution due to stubble burning.
“Everybody is choking in the city, it must be curbed”, said the Chief Justice citing the menace of air pollution in the national capital.
According to a report released by State of Global Air 2020 (SOGA 2020), India has recorded the highest annual average India recorded the highest annual average PM 2.5 concentration exposure in the world last year.
Notably, Nepal, Niger, Qatar and Nigeria are also in the list in high PM 2.5 exposures. The report also said that India has been recording an increase in PM 2.5 pollutant since 2010. Central Pollution Control Board’s 2019 report shows that the national average PM 2.5 concentrations have been rising since last 3 years owing to the increasing number of vehicles and re-suspension of natural dust. Out of 20 most populous countries, 14 have recorded a gradual improvement in air quality.