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November 14, 2017

Delhi smog: Prevailing situation is like an emergency, says CJI

Delhi smog

Hearing a petition filed against the poor air quality in the national capital, the Supreme Court of India issued notices to the Central and the state governments of Delhi, Punjab, UP and Haryana.

”Some expeditious action in the matter is called for, the prevailing condition was like an emergency”, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.

Advocate RK Kapoor, filed the petition, seeking the courts direction to control pollution in the national capital and its surrounding areas.

The petitioner complained that rise in dust particles on roads and stubble burning in Delhi’s neighboring states like Haryana and Punjab has led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the NCR and its adjoining areas.

The petitioner also argued that the stubble burning could have been avoided, if the Centre and the states concerned had agreed on a formula to share the burden of a newly finalized financial incentive package to dissuade farmers from burning their crops.

“Available satellite images indicate that the enforcement of ban on stubble burning in farmlands of Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh has not been fully implemented and there has been significant level of stubble burning”, the plea said.

“The incidents of stubble burning increase during the post harvesting period as farmers prepare their fields for next sowing season,” the plea added.

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