During an important hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday regarding air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the court has ordered the implementation of work from home in the areas of Delhi and NCR. The Supreme Court has said that the next hearing on the issue of pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region will be held on Wednesday and till then it has been ordered to implement work from home in Delhi-NCR.
Supreme Court orders Center to call emergency meeting on pollution issue
On the issue of pollution, the Supreme Court has ordered the Center to call an emergency meeting on this issue, the court has also directed the Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to attend the meeting. During the hearing of the case, Chief Justice Ramanna said that all the things that have come before the court so far that only burning of stubble does not cause more pollution, but the stubble also has some contribution. Therefore, the Punjab and Haryana governments should stop stubble burning for the next one week.
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Preparation to take steps like lockdown once in Delhi
During this, the Kejriwal government of Delhi told the Supreme Court that it ready to take steps like lockdown to fight air pollution in the national capital. The government, however, said it would have only a limited impact. He said that such a step would be meaningful when it implemented in the neighboring states apart from the NCR region.
Suggestion to take steps like imposing a two-day lockdown
Let us inform that earlier in the last hearing, the court had suggested to take steps like stopping the operation of vehicles and imposing a two-day lockdown. The court on Saturday termed the rising air pollution in Delhi-NCR as an “emergency” and asked the Center and the Delhi government to take emergency steps to improve the air quality. Although Delhi witnessed an improvement in the air quality on Sunday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) remained in the ‘very poor’ category.
In the last hearing, a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana said the pollution situation is so bad that people wearing masks inside their homes. The bench also included Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant. The bench said that it is not correct to attribute stubble burning to air pollution, for which other factors like vehicular emissions, crackers and dust are also responsible.
“Everyone is in a mood to hold farmers accountable,” the bench said. 70 percent. Let the people of Delhi control first. Where is the effective mechanism to check the pollution caused by firecrackers, vehicles etc.? The top court said, “We understand that some percentage is due to stubble burning. The rest is pollution caused by firecrackers, vehicular pollution, industries, dust etc. You tell us how you will bring down the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi from 500 to 200. Take some immediate steps like lock down for two days. The top court had asked the Center to respond by Monday.