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Air Pollution: SC Asks States To Show What Measures Have Been Implemented, Else Will Create Independent Task Force

The Court had also directed the Central Government, Delhi-NCR States and the Commission are to take appropriate steps to deal with the situation. The Bench had stated that the major causes of air pollution in Delhi are industries, power, vehicular traffic and construction, and not stubble burning.

File photo of Supreme court. (PTI Photo)
File photo of Supreme court. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court raised concern over the rising pollution and deteriorating air quality in the NCR and adjoining states. The apex court also asked the states to to file affidavits showing their compliance with the directions issued by the Commission for Air Quality Management by Wednesday evening for further hearing on Thursday.

If any directions are remaining not complied, the States have to comply with them forthwith.

A special bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Chief Justice NV Ramana an d Justice DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant heard the plea. The court said that the rising pollution level and degrading air quality is painting a negative picture of National Capital on the world map. It also directed the Delhi government to plant saplings and trees before the assessment.

“The government should also involve NGO’s, members of civil society, students, and other in planting tress in the city”, SC suggested.

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The Apex Court also directed states to show compliance of the welfare disburse of construction workers, whose livelihood got affected due to construction ban. On Monday, Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta explained to the bench the various instructions given by the Commission to the NCR states for reduction of pollution.

“We’ll ask each state to respond, what directions they’ve implemented. Otherwise we’ll be forced to create an independent task force. There has to be implementation. If they won’t implement, creating task force is the only way”, the Chief Justice of India remarked during the hearing.

On the issue of construction workers, the bench said the states have huge funds on account of labour cess collected from real estate firms and that can be used for paying the workmen who have been deprived of their livelihood due to the ban.

The Court had also directed the Central Government, Delhi-NCR States and the Commission are to take appropriate steps to deal with the situation. The Bench had stated that the major causes of air pollution in Delhi are industries, power, vehicular traffic and construction, and not stubble burning.

ALSO READ: Delhi: Air Quality In ‘Very Poor’ Category, City Wakes Up To Shallow Fog

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