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Air pollution case: SC permits construction activities of hospitals in Delhi

By Rajan Nath -- December 03, 2021 11:35 am -- Updated:December 03, 2021 11:37 am

The Supreme Court on Friday permitted the Delhi government to continue with construction activities of hospitals. The next hearing in the air pollution case will take place on December 10.

Delhi government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court urging it to allow construction activities of hospitals in the city. Delhi government said that to prepare and counter the Covid-19 3rd wave, it had started to revamp its hospital infrastructure and started construction of 7 new hospitals, but due to the construction ban work has stopped.

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"In addition to that, the work is being carried out in 19 government hospitals to provide better health infrastructure in the national capital for the benefit of patients," the Delhi government informed the Supreme Court requesting that construction work at hospitals be exempted from the ban.

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Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Government told the apex court that the closure of industries may affect sugarcane and milk industries in the State and UP is in the downward wind, the air is mostly coming from Pakistan.

To this, CJI NV Ramana quipped, "so you want to ban industries in Pakistan!"

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Furthermore, the top court observed that "some sections of media try to project we are villains and we want to close down the schools. You (Delhi govt) had said we were closing schools&ntroducing work from home, but see today newspapers."

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for the Delhi government complained to the Supreme Court that "one newspaper has conveyed in particular that yesterday's court hearing was aggressive combat and as if the court was threatening to take over the administrative duty."

-PTC News

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