After being pulled up by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) over alarming pollution levels in the national capital, the Delhi government on Wednesday submitted its action plan to combat the rising pollution levels. One of the measures suggested by the Delhi government to tackle the pollution says all the construction work undergoing in the capital must be stopped, once the pollution level touches the ‘severe’ category. Earlier on December 3, NGT pulled up the Delhi government for not being able to come up with a proper action plan to combat the rising air pollution.
In the action plan submitted on Wednesday, the Delhi government suggested a few measures to contain the rising pollution levels. The measures mentioned were: banning the entry of trucks in the city. Recalling their old solution, Odd-Even rule, Arvind Kejriwal led government said that the scheme must be implemented without any exceptions. In the measures suggested to the NGT, the Delhi government suggested that all the industries that are causing rise in pollution levels must be closed with immediate effect. Citing the rise of carbon monoxide in air, the government said that the burning of waste must be completely banned.
The Delhi government also faced criticism for holding the India-Sri Lanka cricket match despite bad air quality. While India versus Sri Lanka test match was underway, Sri Lankan cricketers complained of poor air quality and donned the pollution masks. The team also said that it was the poor air quality that had forced India to declare their innings. The two teams resumed their cricket Test in ‘unhealthy’ air pollution — 18 times higher than the level considered safe — a day after smog briefly halted play. The pollution control measures by the Delhi government come after the NGT had given them the time period of 48 hours to file the report.