Delhi-NCR Air Pollution: Not in Favour of Work From Home, Advised Employees to Carpool, Centre Tells Supreme Court

Ahead of a Supreme Court hearing on the air pollution issue in Delhi and neighbouring cities, the government at the Centre on Wednesday expressed its unwillingness before the Supreme Court to ask its employees to work from home and instead it has advised its employees in Delhi to resort to carpooling to reduce the number of vehicles used by them for commuting.

New Delhi: The union government through an affidavit told the Supreme Court that the number of vehicles used by the Central government is a minuscule fraction of the total vehicles in the national capital and stopping their plying would not make much impact towards improving the air quality of Delhi.

In its affidavit, the government said,”… In the recent past, several governmental functions were impacted due to COVID-19 pandemic for substantially a long period of time which entailed pan India ramifications.” The Centre further said that it has “issued an advisory to its employees on carpooling”.

On Wednesday morning, the Delhi-NCR region recorded its air quality in the very poor category on Wednesday morning and no major improvement is likely until Sunday, authorities said. The minimum temperature in the capital dropped to 9.6 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal and the lowest this season so far. The maximum is likely to settle around 27 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said.

The city recorded its air quality index at 389 at 9 am. It had slipped into the severe zone on Tuesday and was recorded at 403 at 4 pm. Faridabad (350), Ghaziabad (368), Greater Noida (358), Gurugram (354) and Noida (369) also recorded their air quality in very poor category.


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