As the air quality in the national capital is turning severe with each passing day, top Supreme Court judge on Tuesday raised concerns over the increasing health problems rising due to the air pollution in Delhi. Expressing discontent over the public health hazard in the national capital, Justice Arun Mishra said that, ‘he cannot even go for morning walk’ to government’s law officer.
Justice Arun Mishra said when the court assembled today: "So much pollution in Delhi I can't go for walk in the morning."
Delhi's air quality started further deteriorating a day after Diwali to "hazardous" or "emergency" due to increased use of fireworks, even after the regulated Supreme Court’s ban on burning of fireworks, and weather conditions such as low wind speed and dipping mercury. All these are leading to the lower dispersion rate of pollutants in the national capital.
The judge asked government's law officer Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who was waiting for his turn to argue a case on Tuesday: "What is happening in Delhi? So much pollution. People couldn't get out of their houses. I am an early riser and go for a morning walk. But I cannot do it due to pollution."
The watchdog, Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Monday said it might impose a complete ban on the use of non-CNG private as well as commercial vehicles in the Delhi and National Capital Region if the air quality continues to deteriorate.
EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal, in a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh wrote: "The vehicle sticker has not been implemented and without this it is not possible to distinguish between diesel and vehicles that use other fuels."
Meanwhile, as thick layer of haze engulfs the national capital, a Delhi-based start-up named Kurin System designed the 'world's largest and strongest air purifier' which is said to be 40-feet-tall claiming that it could provide clean air to 75,000 people living in the three-kilometre radius around it.
(With ANI inputs)