AQI ‘extremely bad’, Supreme Court again bans construction in NCR

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 25 November

As it refuses to show any significant improvement in air quality, the Supreme Court has banned construction activities in Delhi-NCR and asked states to provide subsistence money to workers from money collected as labor cess during the ban period. ordered to do.

“Meanwhile, as an interim measure and till further orders, we ban construction activities in NCR… Non-polluting activities related to construction such as plumbing work, interior decoration, electrical work and carpentry are allowed to continue, A bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana passed the order.

States will use the money collected as labor cess for the welfare of construction workers to provide them subsistence for the period during which construction activities will be restricted and wages notified under the Minimum Wages Act for the respective categories of workers. Will pay, ordered it.

Asking the Air Quality Management Commission in the NCR and adjoining areas and the states of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to continue with its measures to contain the rise in pollution, it has decided to allow construction activities from November 22. reversed the decision. ,

It directed the commission to conduct a “scientific study of air quality on the basis of available data of previous years on recorded levels of air pollution”.

“We direct that instead of waiting for deterioration of air quality, necessary measures should be taken to anticipate deterioration in air quality before initiating action under the Graded Response Plan. For this purpose, the commission is required to involve specialist agencies with domain knowledge in meteorological data and statistical modelling,” it said in its order uploaded on Wednesday night.

On Wednesday, it adjourned the hearing on deteriorating air pollution in Delhi-NCR till November 29. He had said, “Take measures for the next two-three days and we will hear the matter again next Monday.”

Provide subsistence to workers, states said

SC has ordered NCR states to provide subsistence money to workers from money collected as labor cess during construction ban period.