The Supreme Court hears public interest litigation (PIL) on the worrying situation in Delhi due to air pollution today.
Air pollution in Delhi-NCR | Supreme Court to hear the case next on November 29.
SC asks Centre to continue the measures for controlling air pollution for the next two-three days. In the meantime, if the pollution level becomes 100, then some restrictions can be lifted
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The city’s AQI (Air Quality Index) was in the ” poor” category this morning. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 280 today.
Supreme Court on Delhi air pollution:
The supreme court while hearing the petition asked the centre, “We can’t go with wind direction. What steps should be taken?”
“Even if the pollution level goes down now, we will continue to hear this case and issue directions,” the court stressed in a stern warning. On the issue of farm fires, the court made it clear that it “can’t micromanage” and the government should decide on fines.
Moreover, the court said, three weeks on, Delhi and nearby cities continue to remain enveloped in toxic air. “This is the national capital. Look at the signal we are sending to the world. You have to predict the situation based on statistics… and take action in anticipation so that the situation does not go severe,”.
Moreover, the Supreme court told the government “Now there are supercomputers… there needs to be a statistical model,”.
Furthermore, the supreme court also said, the acceptable AQI levels for the national capital should be defined.
The Air Quality Commission should conduct a scientific study based on the wind direction, it added this morning. “These ad-hoc measures won’t help. What are the steps you will take and the impact of that in the next seven days is what we want?”
“I have listed immediate steps. There are long-term plans also. We have come up with graded measures,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who is representing the central government replied.
Moreover, lawyer Vikas Singh, representing the petitioner, said, “The issue of stubble burning needs to be taken care of. If farmers are compensated, farm fires can be controlled.”
In response, the court said: “Has there been any study on how much stubble has been removed in Punjab, Haryana, and UP? This is going to be a big problem. How are you going to tackle the stubble-burning issue? Furthermore, the supreme court said, we are using our common sense in discussing this issue. What is the bureaucracy doing? Let the Secretaries decide something… why can’t they go to fields and speak to the farmers, scientists and devise a permanent solution?”
However, this is the third straight week that the air pollution issue was heard in the top court.