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Air pollution: Delhi HC directs AAP govt to remove illegal encroachment

  • HC says the focus should be to increase and maintain the green cover in the national capital
  • The court will next hear the matter on 5 December

NEW DELHI : Delhi High Court on Monday while hearing the suo moto petition taken up in the year 2015 on air pollution in Delhi directed AAP government to remove illegal encroachment by carrying out a survey and submitting an action plan to the task force under the direct supervision of the apex court.

The court said that the focus should be to increase and maintain the green cover in the national capital. The court discussed various ideas to improve the situation such as maintaining shrubs on the roadsides can help in dealing with dust. The court also discussed whether using dart seeds to plant trees in inaccessible areas. It further said that it would fix targets for concerned authorities to tackle the issue of air pollution in the national capital.

“There is no dearth of ideas to solve the problem. We have to set targets which can be monitored," the bench comprising of Justice GS Sistani and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani said.

Chief Conservator of Forests was also present in the court as he was directed to appear on Monday. He said that currently the green cover in the city is 21% and the government aims to reach 25% by the end of 2025.

The court will next hear the matter on 5 December.

On the last date of hearing, the court had said that no fresh demolition should be allowed during these months i.e. October to January. The court has further asked the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and other municipal corporations in the city as well the other authorities concerned to take necessary steps to deal with encroachment on the roads. The court said that routine inspections should be done whenever such steps to combat air pollution are taken.

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