On Monday, 25 November, The Supreme Court took action to combat Delhi’s hazardous air pollution levels and directed the state and central governments to work together to fix the problem.
Both governments were instructed to install anti-smog towers across the Capital and also asked both Haryana and Punjab governments to explain how they were combating their state’s stubble burning crisis.
Justice Arun Mishra, as per ANI“Why are people being forced to live in gas chambers? It is better to kill them all in one go. Get explosives in 15 bags at one go. Why should people suffer all this? A blame game is going on in Delhi and I am literally shocked.”
The bench was headed by Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta who emphasised the huge health impacts of the bad air for everyone, with children being worst hit
Supreme Court asks Punjab Chief Secretary what steps have been taken to prevent stubble burning. Says, "How can you treat people like this & let them die. Tell us why stubble burning increased after our order. Why are you not able to check stubble burning. Is it not a failure?" https://t.co/4g2vK2MbfT— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2019
Delhi-NCR has been in and out of a severe air pollution crisis - deemed a national health emergency with schools shut for a few days in the thick the toxic air period.
The SC asked the governments sternly to put their differences aside and make sure Indians are not dying because of government incompetence.
Pollution matter in Supreme Court: Justice Arun Mishra says- People are laughing at our country that we can't even control stubble burning. Blame game is not serving the people of Delhi. You people will play the blame game, not taking it (pollution) seriously. https://t.co/ys4Eq1BtJf— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2019
Supreme Court asks Haryana Government why stubble burning has increased in the state. Says, “You (Haryana government) had done a good job earlier in controlling stubble burning, but now it has increased. Punjab & Haryana are not doing anything”. pic.twitter.com/NuvCpBM9fl— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2019
On 15 November, the apex court had asked, “How do people breathe?”
They then called the chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to explain how they were dealing with the issue.
(With inputs from ANI)
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