As pollution in Delhi reaches its peak, Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a fresh plea on Tuesday seeking proper monitoring of the pollution level in the national capital and adjoining areas.
The top court will hear the application of the court-appointed Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) at 3.30 pm tomorrow, a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao said.
The EPCA, in its fresh plea, has said that it does not seek any fresh direction to curb the pollution level in the national capital and rather it seeks proper implementation of the directions already issued.
On December 16, 2015, the apex court had ordered not to register diesel-run sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and high-end private cars with engine capacity of 2000 CC and above in Delhi and National Capital Region along with a slew of measures to curb the alarming rise in pollution levels in the national capital.
The apex court had also directed 100 per cent hike of Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) being levied on light and heavy commercial vehicles entering Delhi.
It had also asked city government to “issue advertisements to inform commercial traffic of the bypass routes and the imposition of the ECC imposed by this court for entry of the vehicles into Delhi.”
Later on August 12 the top court had vacated the embargo on registration of luxurious vehicles having engine capacity of 2000cc and above in Delhi and NCR, after taking on record, the affidavits of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and others, offering to deposit one per cent of the price of the vehicles as Environment Protection Charge (EPC) before the registration.
Meanwhile, schools in Delhi have been shut down till Wednesday as the city struggles withe one of the worst spells of air pollution – anywhere in the world – in recent years.