President green-lights formation of a committee to monitor Delhi’s air pollution

The formation of the committee precedes a court hearing on Delhi’s air pollution to be held today.

by Rupsha Chatterjee

Kolkata: On the night of 28th October, 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind signed an ordinance for the formation of a committee to look into the air quality management of Delhi-NCR. The formation of the committee precedes the court hearing on Delhi’s severe pollution expected to take place today.

The new committee expects to conduct research to identify causes behind the severe air pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas. Its goal is to arrive at a resoultion to solve the problem.┬áThe commission’s jurisdiction over air pollution matters will oversee Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

The committee will be replacing other pre-existing committees in order to streamline public participation and promote interstate cooperation according to the notification, as reported by India Today. The chairperson of the commission will be elected by the Centre.

The Air Quality Index of Delhi shows hazardous levels of pollution as air pollution Delhi-NCR reaches fatal levels. In February 2020, Delhi was voted the most polluted city in the world by a Swiss-based group for a second time in a row.

Source: UrbanEmissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Rupsha Chatterjee)