The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over the persisting smog cover over the Capital and hinted that it might take up the issue.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir observed: “With each passing day, the smog level is rising. We will deal with the matter.” The court’s comments came during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL), seeking the disposal of the Bhopal gas tragedy waste at the Union Carbide plant in a non-hazardous manner.
The apex court, however, did not issue any notice.
Delhi has remained in the grip of dense smog for almost a week though the air had begun clearing up on Monday. The sun came out on Tuesday in parts of the Capital after a long gap.
The SC, in the past, had issued a series of orders to ensure Delhiites’ right to clean environment and had banned all diesel-run commercial vehicles. It was on the apex court’s order that all such vehicles in the Capital were made to switch to environment-friendly CNG.
Delhi’s air quality had dramatically improved after the switch in 2001.
The court had also stepped in to check industrial pollution and ordered relocation of such units.
Tuesday’s temperatures were also quite low with the maximum temperature being recorded as 26.9 degrees, three degrees below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 13.8 degree Celsius, which is one degree below normal. Wednesday’s temperatures are expected to be similar with the Met department forecasting a high and low of 28 and 14 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Smog likely to lift by Friday
New Delhi: Met scientists said the smog over the Capital was likely to lift by Friday. “The westerly disturbances have inducted a lot of moisture into Delhi’s atmosphere which brought down temperature and boosted humidity. The clouds of pollutants from neighbouring regions is another reason,” they said.