Supreme court approves common pollution code for Delhi-NCR
The levels of pollution will be classified into four categories -- moderate to poor, very poor, severe, very severe or emergency.
The Supreme Court on Friday approved a common pollution code for Delhi-NCR to categorise the severity of the pollutants present in the air. The court has asked the Centre to notify the levels of four categories of pollution. Recommendations were made by the Delhi and Union Government in regard to the matter. Thick smog engulfed the Delhi-NCR region in the recent past, especially after Diwali, affecting daily life and leading to various lung-related health issues.
Delhi's AAP government attempted to bring down pollution levels by announcing a slew of temporary measures. The Delhi government put a halt to the Badarpur power plant, stopping construction activity, vacuuming roads and sprinkling of water on it, and banning the practice of burning dry leaves or waste anywhere in the city.
The Supreme Court of India has also banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi to curb rising pollution levels.