Govt misled court on Delhi's pollution, say green activists
Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2015
government's submission before the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the major
source of pollution in the capital was dust particles, and not vehicular
emissions was dismissed on Thursday by environmental activists as ridiculous,
with some even questioning the intent behind the environment ministry's stand.
The ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) had told the court that dust was
responsible for 52.2% of the pollution load in the capital while vehicles
contributed only 6.6%. But a paper by the Indian Institute of Tropical
Meteorology, which started maintaining Delhi's air quality data since the 2010
Commonwealth Games, says vehicles contributed to 32% of the total particulate
matter of size 2.5 micron and less (PM 2.5) in 2010. The figure has since risen
to 36%. Other sources of pollution, including unpaved roads and construction
activity, contributed 28% in 2010, which came down to 26% in 2013.