NHRC notices to Centre, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on pollution levels

NHRC notices to Centre, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on pollution levels

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), alarmed over the life threatening air pollution in Delhi-NCR, on Thursday issued notice to the Centre and Punjab and Haryana Governments on their action plan to tackle the situation. "It is not a matter for inter-state discussion, that won't help".

"The state can not leave its citizens to die due to the toxic haze", it said in a statement.

With this, the Indian Medical Association declared a "public health emergency" and appealed to the Delhi government to issue a health advisory for high risk people that include children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from respiratory and heart ailments. "People and government of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until a solution to crop burning is found", Kejriwal said. There is a need for an effective study by the experts and proper implementation of their recommendations, including short term and long term measures identified.

Addressing a traders' meet on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) here, Mr Kejriwal also demanded that the Centre abolish 28 and 18 per cent tax slabs in the new tax regime and said only the 12 per cent tax slab should exist on every item. The tribunal banned construction and industrial activities in Delhi-NCR till November 14 and said no trucks from outside or within Delhi will be permitted to transport any construction material. Proposals of alternative roads to link the highways to avoid entry of the heavy vehicles inside the cities have been in the contemplation but no effective steps in this regard have yet been taken", NHRC added, "Reportedly, the smog is a deadly mix of crop-burning pollutants coming from Punjab and Haryana and the moisture entering the region from Uttar Pradesh.

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The thick blanket of smog covering the national capital and neighbouring regions kept the alarm bells ringing on Wednesday.

The air quality index was in the "severe", with a score of 448 in a scale of 500, category for the second time this year.

NGT directed authorities to implement Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority for the National Capital Region EPCA's directions to improve ambient air quality. Air Quality Index (AQI) has been recorded as maximum of 999 in some places across Delhi NCR.

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