New Delhi: Post Diwali, Delhi has been covered with a thick blanket of smog, with people coming in with chest infections, congestion and wheezing post Diwali.

While the Delhi government is struggling to tackle the air pollution in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has advised it to come up with a solution to deal with the problem.

Lashing out at the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab, the NGT said that the three governments have done nothing to combat the emergency.

“When all this mess was going on, when PM 2.5 pollution went up above 1000, what steps did you take except doing meetings? Why could you not deploy helicopters to sprinkle water? It is shocking that you did not do anything for the first five days,” said the tribunal according to a report.

“Cracker bursting during Diwali and stubble burning by farmers in Punjab and Haryana during this season are known factors to adversely affect the air quality. However, despite that, no major steps were taken by the Delhi Government in advance to tackle the pollution,” the tribunal added.

The NGT banned construction work in Delhi and NCR regions for the next seven days and said no stone crushers will be used and no garbage will be burnt for the next seven days.

“No stone crushers will be used and no garbage will be burnt for next seven days,” NGT members told the governments.

 

First Published | 8 November 2016 3:46 PM
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