New Delhi, Pretr. The Supreme Court has again banned construction activities in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) in view of the stifling air. The court directed the states to pay maintenance to the workers out of the amount collected as labor cess during the period of suspension of construction activities. The interim order of a special bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant was uploaded on Wednesday night. In this, the bench directed the Air Quality Management Commission (Commission for Air Quality Management in the NCR and adjoining areas) in NCR and adjoining areas to assess the air quality on the basis of the available data of previous years on the recorded levels of air pollution. Do a scientific study.

“We direct that before initiating action under the Graded Response Plan, instead of waiting for further deterioration of the air quality, necessary steps may be taken in view of the apprehension of worsening of air quality,” the bench said. For this it is necessary that the Commission should engage the services of expert committees having knowledge of meteorological data and mathematical models.’

Information on certain activities related to construction

While directing the Commission on Pollution and the NCR states (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan) to continue with the measures to check the increase in pollution, the bench reversed the decision allowing construction activities to start from November 22. Gave. “In the meantime, as an interim measure and till further orders, we again put on hold the construction activities in the NCR, however, during this period non-polluting activities related to construction such as plumbing works, pipeline works, etc. Interior decoration, electrical work, carpentry work can continue.

“The labor cess collected for the welfare of the state construction sector workers during the period of suspension of construction activities shall be used for payment of subsistence allowance and for payment of wages notified under the Minimum Wages Act to the concerned category of workers,” the bench said. Do it for.’ The apex court, while fixing November 29 as the next date of hearing on the petition, meanwhile directed the central government, the states of Delhi-NCR and the commission to take appropriate steps to deal with the situation.

Edited By: Dhyanendra Singh Chauhan