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SC to hear plea concerning pollution in Delhi
On Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear a plea filed by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).

The plea has sought the court's intervention in monitoring Delhi's air pollution and has requested it to monitor the present situation and demand more action if the situation worsens. The court will also examine if its previous orders concerning the issue of pollution have been consistently ignored.

The plea will be heard on Tuesday by a bench headed by chief justice of India TS Thakur. It has asked advocates of the central and state government to be present when the plea is heard on Tuesday.

Commenting on the present plea, the chief justice said, "We've already passed orders. They need to be implemented."

On Sunday, in an emergency cabinet meeting, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a number of emergency measures to tackle the problem of present toxic levels of pollution in Delhi. These steps include closing schools for three days, a five-day ban on construction in the city, ban on the use of generators, and a 10-day shutdown of the Badarpur thermal power plant on the outskirts of Delhi.

"Request Delhiites to work from home whenever possible. For next 5 days, all the construction and demolition work will be shut," said Kejriwal. He also said that there was a possibility of introducing a third phase of odd-even scheme in Delhi to tackle the problem of pollution.

But Sunita Narain, director general at the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), told the media that rather than an emergency action plan we need the court to monitor the measures taken.

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