Cleaning Delhi’s Air: Implementation Action Plan

Reports by Vidhi Aid · April 6, 2017
Author(s): Arghya Sengupta, Debadityo Sinha, Dhvani Mehta and Yashaswini Mittal

The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy has recently published an Implementation Action Plan to tackle Delhi’s air pollution. Using the IIT Kanpur’s Comprehensive Study on Air Pollution and Green House Gases (GHGs) in Delhi as its basis, this Action Plan suggests measures to control pollution from five major sources of air pollution in Delhi—emissions from coal-fired power plants, vehicular emissions, burning of crop residue, emissions from ready-mix concrete batching plants and construction sites. Although the Central Pollution Control Board has already drawn up a Graded Response Action Plan (‘Graded Action Plan’), its main thrust remains the stringent enforcement of existing standards/rules/bans. In this Action Plan, we attempt to go beyond the routine recommendation to strengthen monitoring and compliance and identify a range of actions—legislative, executive, policy, financial—that are needed to give effect to the many solutions that have already been proposed to combat Delhi’s air quality crisis.

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About Arghya Sengupta:

Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. His areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has served on a number of government committees including most recently the Justice B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India. Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament, fundamental rights in leading law journals such as Law Quarterly Review and Public Law. He is also a columnist at The Telegraph, The Hindustan Times and The Times of India. He has most recently authored a book "Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary" (Cambridge, 2019) which builds on his doctoral work at Oxford University. Prior to founding Vidhi, he was at Oxford as a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College. Link to full bio


About Debadityo Sinha:

Debadityo is a Senior Resident Fellow in Vidhi Aid. At Vidhi, he is working on air pollution regulations and environmental clearance process in India. He graduated in 2009 with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Zoology from the University of Delhi, and thereafter in 2012, completed M.Sc. (Tech.) in Environmental Science and Technology from Banaras Hindu University. Before joining Vidhi, Debadityo has worked with the Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment as Program Officer and has also done independent projects on environment and wildlife protection in collaboration with WWF-India and Environment Equity and Justice Partnership. He is founder and trustee of Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation, Board Member of EKOenergy network and is a recipient of Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship.


About Dhvani Mehta:

Dr. Dhvani Mehta {B.L.S. LL.B. (University of Mumbai); BCL, D.Phil (Oxon)} is a Senior Resident Fellow and Team Lead of the Vidhi Aid initiative, where she works on environmental and health regulation, medical ethics and the right to education. She has worked specifically on research projects on environmental clearances, the National Green Tribunal, organ transplant laws, end of life care, and pharmaceutical and medical device regulation. She has appeared in the Supreme Court of India in petitions filed by Vidhi on advance medical directives and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy. She has authored chapters on the implementation of environmental judgments and healthcare corruption in India. Dhvani read for a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where she was Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico and an editor of the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog. Her doctoral thesis explores the idea of an environmental rule of law in India and was cited by the Supreme Court of India.


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