<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court said on Monday that the Capital’s air pollution was an emergency-like situation and ordered the central government as well as Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and its municipal corporations to respond to a petition on stubble burning and dust spread for quick action.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud heard lawyer RK Kapoor’s submission on rising air pollution levels. It said there would not be any stay on pollution cases being heard in other courts.Kapoor suggested sprinkling of water and vacuum cleaning to tackle the dust problem. He also sought direction for the promotion of solar energy and e-rickshaws. He sought schemes and subsidies to dissuade stubble burning.The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) suggested that plying of diesel vehicles should be banned and thermal power plants should be shut when pollution crosses emergency levels.It said to the court on Monday that stickers on vehicles should show fuel and age to allow certain categories to be stopped prohibited, depending on pollution levels.Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court asked the traffic police and the city’s transport department to check vehicles for compliance of pollution norms. The court said there was rampant violation of rules by vehicles.Meanwhile, the AAP government filed an application at the NGT seeking modifications of its order passed on Odd-Even traffic restrictions. This was after the NGT asked: “Are you approaching us or was the minister’s statement that the government will file a review petition only for the press.” The government has for now called off the plan because exemptions to two-wheelers and female motorists were not allowed by the NGT for vehicle rationing.Strict measuresThe Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) suggested that plying of diesel vehicles should be banned and thermal power plants should be shut when pollution crosses emergency levels

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Supreme Court calls Delhi pollution an ’emergency situation’