SC suggests two day lockdown of Delhi to reduce air pollution
The Centre has blamed the Punjab farmers are responsible for air pollution by burning stubble, but Supreme Court did not buy the arguments of the Centre, stating that farmers not alone are responsible for air pollution.
New Delhi: Expressing deep concern over deteriorating air pollution in the National capital, the Supreme Court suggested lockdown Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).
Apex Court has suggested two-day lockdown of Delhi to reduce the pollution level, Court has also observed that farmers alone are not responsible for the pollution who burn the stubbles on farmland.
Chief Justice N.V. Ramana headed bench remarked that deteriorating air quality has forced people to wear masks even at their homes. Chief Justice told his experience that” see how the situation is in Delhi, even in hour houses, we are wearing masks”, the CJI remarked.
The Centre has blamed the Punjab government for not preventing the farmers from stubble burning. Centre told the court that, "We are taking steps to stop stubble burning. But in the last five-six days the kind of pollution, we have seen is because of stubble burning in Punjab. The state government needs to buckle up... stubble burning happening in farms." Centre submitted to the court.
CJI questioned that “why are you projecting like pollution is because of farmers? It is an only a certain percentage of pollution. What about the rest? What are you doing to control the pollution in Delhi? We have nothing to do with which government ....state or centre. You tell us what is your proper plan...not about 2-3 days." Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana sought response from the Centre and Delhi government. Later Centre take back its words, that farmers are not alone responsible for air pollution.