NGT seeks detailed action plan from states to tackle pollution

IND vs SL Delhi Pollution makes Lankans wear masks smog to persist

NGT raps Delhi government for failing to file action plan

Delhi's air quality deteriorated further on Monday as the value of air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 390, dangerously close to "severe" category, on a scale of 500.

The National Green Tribunal on Monday asked authorities that why they allowed India-Sri Lanka cricket match in New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium when the city is facing higher level of pollution.

The Delhi government on Wednesday submitted action plan before National Green Tribunal (NGT) to combat pollution.

On Sunday, the poor air quality affected the India-Sri Lanka cricket test match with Sri Lankan team complaining of poor air quality that forced the hosts to declare their innings.

During the proceeding, Delhi government filed an action plan to tackle the problems recommending ban on construction activities and entry of trucks and implementation of odd-even plan, among other steps.

Directing it to submit the report within 48 hours, a NGT Bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar, said, "Tell us one step that you have taken with regard to the previous orders passed by the tribunal".

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A "very poor" AQI comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure while exposure to "severe" air affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.

"Situation is getting from poor to worst, children are suffering and the Delhi Govt has not even filed its action plan".

"Where is your action plan? You can not subject people to this". What can we do if you keep on changing everybody?

"Every newspaper has been carrying headlines that the air pollution was going to be higher this week".

The match ended in a draw today with Chandimal admitting that it was tough playing in pollution. It is a moment to remember all of the people who have died prematurely, and avoidably, because of the air pollution, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a statement. "Are people of Delhi supposed to bear this?" the bench said.

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