New Delhi, Nov 13: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi government and sought their replies on a plea seeking direction to curb pollution in the national capital due to road dust, stubble burning. Calling it an ’emergency situation’, the apex court directed the Centre and concerned state governments to take immediate actions to curb pollution.
Seeking responses from the Centre, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi government on stubble burning, the Supreme Court also said there will be no stay on matters pertaining to pollution which are going on before any other court. Hearing the plea, the court observed that it was an emergency like situation and sought expeditious action.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a fresh plea seeking immediate measures to curb rising pollution in Delhi-NCR. The plea sought direction from the top court for the Centre and states on stubble burning, road dust and effective implementation of odd-even car rationing scheme in Delhi-NCR and its adjoining areas.
The Delhi and neighbouring states were criticised by the NGT over the spike in pollution in the city and asked why choppers were not used to sprinkle water to control dust pollution. The green tribunal slammed them for snatching ‘right to life’ from people by looking away from the worsening air quality in the national capital.
Delhi and NCR have been witnessing smog since for few days. At present, water sprinkling in the whole region is being done by PWD and Delhi Jal Board.