NGT: Shut power plants, stop construction on bad air days
Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2016
New Delhi, Nov 11, 2016 : The National Green Tribunal said on Thursday that whenever air pollution reaches severe levels, Delhi and its four neighbouring states would have to take a set of emergency measures that include sprinkling water from choppers, stopping construction activities and shutting down polluting power plants and gensets. Passing a host of directions to tackle air pollution in Delhi and its neighbourhood, the NGT also asked for the setting up of a central and five state-level monitoring committees to check implementation of its orders and form action plans to check pollution. "When PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels cross 251 and 431 microgramscubic metre, it is an 'environment emergency' and states would have to take measures to tackle the situation. In other situations, normal measures will continue to be implemented," said a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar.