Kids climate activists Licypriya Kangujam and Aarav Seth on Sunday were apparently detained by the Delhi Police for protesting outside Parliament House against the rising air pollution levels in the Capital.
The air quality of Delhi-NCR typically deteriorates in the winter. It was in the “poor category” for six consecutive days after it began to decline on October 7 for the first time in over three months.
In November last year, the court had passed a slew of directions to check air pollution. The court had asked Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to formulate a plan to purchase stubble, ensure it is not burnt anymore, and make the entire state administration responsible to combat air pollution. It had also ordered Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to pay small and marginal farmers an incentive of Rs 100 per quintal to handle the residue of non-Basmati rice crops.
On October 16, the Supreme Court appointed retired judge Madan B Lokur to lead a committee monitoring instances of stubble burning in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee, meanwhile, banned the use of electricity generator sets of all capacities – whether running on diesel, petrol or kerosene – in the Capital.
The Graded Response Action Plan also recommends sprinkling water on roads, frequent cleaning of roads, maximising the use of natural gas for power generation and shutting down stone crushers, brick kilns and hot mix plants when the air quality enters the extreme category.
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