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NGT raps Delhi government for failing to file action plan

People sign a billboard during a signature campaign against pollution in New Delh

The air quality became worse a day after Sri Lankan cricketers took to the field here wearing anti-pollution masks.

The National Green Tribunal today came down heavily on the Delhi government for not filing a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution in the city and slammed authorities for holding the India-Sri Lanka cricket match despite bad air quality.

The tribunal, however, directed the government to file the report within the next 48 hours.

The tribunal criticised the AAP government for not taking any action to control pollution in national capital.

During the hearing, the Delhi government said it needed more time to file the action plan as the chief secretary and environment secretary have been recently changed. "You can not subject people to this". Are the people of Delhi always supposed to suffer?

The spurt in pollutants was caused by a combination of meteorological factors including a drop in temperature, wind speed and mixing height, a layer where air and particulates float, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

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On November 28, the NGT had asked the Delhi government along with governments of four neighbouring states including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to submit their plan before December 4.

Pollution is considered severe plus or emergency when readings of PM2.5 and PM10 cross 300 and 500 ug/m3 respectively.

The citys average Air Quality Index (AQI) was 282 on a scale of 500, classified as poor, marking an improvement from yesterdays 378, which fell under the very poor category.

The rest was in the "very poor" zone, which comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. Air quality in Delhi has been hovering between the "poor" and "very poor" categories but was not "severe" since November 13.

November witnesses extremely high levels of pollution as smoke from paddy residue burning reaches the city, aggravating the situation. The humidity levels oscillated between 39 and 94 per cent.



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