Delhi Pollution: Old vehicle entry, construction, industrial activities banned in Delhi-NCR by NGT
The National Green Tribunal banned construction and industrial activities, entry of trucks, petrol cars older than 15 years, diesel vehicles older than 10 years in Delhi NCR region. The tribunal also directed the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana to ensure that no crop residue is burnt and incentives are provided to farmers.
It, however, clarified that at places where only finishing work was involved barring the use of construction material like cement and sand, the activity can be carried on during this period. The bench said the labourers working at the construction sites would be paid their daily wages and would not be affected by the NGT’s orders.
The tribunal noted flagrant violation of the prescribed limits of PM (particulate matter) 10 and PM 2.5. It banned construction and industrial activities causing emissions till November 14. The NGT also directed the authorities and the civic bodies to sprinkle water where PM 10 is found to be in excess of 600 micrograms per cubic metre.
The green body ordered the civic bodies to set up teams to ensure there is no burning of waste in Delhi-NCR and asked them to inspect places where construction material were lying in the open uncovered and take appropriate action including levy of environment compensation. The bench asked the Delhi and NCR states to submit their action plans in relation to these orders two weeks and sought analysis reports of the prevailing ambient air quality. It said it would consider vacating its orders on banning construction and industrial activity on the November 14, the next date of hearing.