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Supreme Court to hear petitions on Delhi pollution crisis tomorrow

The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday petitions on the air pollution crisis in Delhi amid mounting concern over a thick blanket of haze enveloping the city for a week.

Breathless in Delhi Updated: Nov 07, 2016 12:00 IST
Bhadra Sinha
People wear pollution masks during a protest march at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
People wear pollution masks during a protest march at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday petitions on the air pollution crisis in Delhi amid mounting concern over a thick blanket of haze enveloping the city for a week.

The top court asked the advocates of the central and state government to be present when the public interest litigations are heard on Tuesday.

The court’s decision comes on a day the Centre and city lieutenant governor have called emergency meetings to tackle the pollution, which holds out the threat of a massive public health hazard for the Capital’s 18 million citizens.

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The city government has already unveiled a raft of measures, including a temporary ban on construction and demolition work, a three-day shutting of all schools and vacuum cleaning of roads.

But many experts fear the measures may be too little, too late. On Monday, Hindustan Times’ air quality monitoring system showed the maximum “severe” warning across all but two spots in the Capital at 11am. Anand Vihar in east Delhi and Connaught Place were among the most polluted spots with levels of the most-toxic PM 2.5 at 12 to 15 times times above the safety limit.