The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued several directions to the Delhi government to bring down the high levels of pollution in the city.
The bench also ordered the Union Environment Secretary to hold a meeting in the next three days of the chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to work out a joint short-term plan to bring down air pollution.
The court came out with the directions after senior advocate and amicus curiae Kailash Vasdev told the court that emergency steps need to be taken to improve air quality.
The court also recorded the steps proposed by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) in consultation with the Lieutenant Governor.
The proposed steps included increasing parking fees in the city by four times, banning the entry of trucks into Delhi, except those carrying essential commodities, prohibiting construction activities, increasing bus and Metro services, cleaning roads, banning brick-kilns and stopping the use of fire-wood and coal in hotels, DPCC’s lawyer Sanjeev Ralli told the court.