Delhi Pollution | Delhi smog live updates: NGT blasts Delhi government, may scupper odd-even plans
Pollution level in North India remains severe, Varanasi tops the list
United Airlines suspends it’s Newark-New Delhi flight due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal calls an emergency meeting in view of NGT’s order on odd-even scheme. Meeting to begin shortly.
NGT directs Delhi Govt to reconsider decision to hike parking charges by four times in Delhi.
Emergency vehicles to get an exemption from the Odd-Even scheme.
NGT directed ‘Odd-Even scheme must be implemented in Delhi NCR as and when PM 10 crosses 300 level and PM 2.5 crosses 500’.
Giving nod to the odd-even scheme, NGT directs ‘no exemption’ for two-wheelers, govt servants or women.
National Green Tribunal gives nod to the Odd-Even scheme.
NGT directs all the neighboring state Govts and departments to ensure complete mechanism during environmental emergency, says don’t wait for crisis situation. Also directed various departments and executing agencies for better cooperation and coordination including Delhi police.
NGT asked the Delhi government “Won’t the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?”.
The National Green Tribunal asks Uttar Pradesh Government over the number of violators challaned in Noida and Greater Noida.
The NGT observed ‘it is most worrying that there is absolute non cooperation between various departments of govt’.
NGT pulls up CMD of DTC for not reading the former judgements in this regard. NGT observed that it was unfortunate. NGT asked DTC on the number of its unused buses in its workshops.
The National Green Tribunal asks CPCB, DPCC and Delhi Govt ‘why didn’t you implement it earlier?’.
NGT asked Delhi Govt about reasons behind exemptions and the impact of pollution emanating from two-wheelers, and whether they intend to employ this scheme of Odd-Even whenever the pollution levels spiral, to which the Delhi Govt stated that this couldn’t be said as of now .
Central Pollution Control Board submitted before the National Green Tribunal that rain could take place in the next two days.
NGT asked the Centre and the Delhi government to name a big city where PM 10 levels were lower than 100.
NGT observed that its patience shouldn’t be tested, asking the Delhi government that when the statistics have indicated that rain leads to a fall in pollution levels, why wasn’t action taken ? It’s now being taken after the Tribunal said so.
NGT to Delhi government: So we should assume that the government is sure of the odd even scheme’s benefit, and of no inconvenience taking place to the citizens?
NGT asks AAP dispensation if Odd-Even car rationing scheme is being implemented with consent of both LG and Delhi Govt.
NGT asks Delhi Government the rationale behind applying the odd-even scheme, and why it wasn’t applied when the air quality situation was worse.
Hearing in the National Green Tribunal underway: The bench is headed by Justice Swatantra Kumar. Advocate Tarunvir Kehar is Delhi Govt’s counsel, in the case.
Light rains expected in Delhi, may clear smog: Met office
Delhi woke up to a hazy morning today, with the weather office predicting light rainfall later in the day, which may clear the smog enveloping the national capital.
A dense blanket of smog enveloped Delhi this week, prompting authorities to announce the “odd-even” rationing of cars from November 13 for five days, closure of schools till tomorrow and a four-fold hike in parking fee for vehicles.
According to the Met department, humidity levels in the national capital shot up to 91 per cent this morning.
“The minimum temperature was recorded at 12.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal,” an official of the department said. Visibility was recorded at 800 metres at 5.30 AM, which dropped further to 500 metres by 8.30 AM.
The maximum temperature is expected to settle at 30 degrees Celsius, the official said.
It was a foggy Saturday morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average.
At least 64 trains were delayed, 14 rescheduled and two trains were cancelled due to the shallow fog in northern India.
“The sky will remain partly cloudy during the day, with mist and shallow fog in the morning,” an official of the India Meteorological Department said.
Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 91 per cent.