Highlights:

  • The apex court asked to submit an action plan by Wednesday morning
  • A bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana further urged the Centre to consider a work from home option for its employees
  • The court noted that stubble burning was not the chief contributor to the rising levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR

On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the Centre and the state governments of the national capital region (NCR) to address the five-chief causes of air pollution such as construction activities, power plants, industries, transport and road traffic within 24 hours. It further asked to submit an action plan by Wednesday morning when the case will be heard next.

Mentioning that stubble burning was not the chief contributor to the rising levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR as it was being made to perceive, the apex court asked the Centre to convene an emergency meeting on Tuesday of all stakeholders, along with the representatives of the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

A bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana further urged the Centre to consider a work from home option for its employees. Furthermore, it demanded the governments to persuade the farmers to prevent stubble burning for the coming weeks as the air pollution in the region slammed to a level which is seen as hazardous to the health of citizens in the last few days.

Giving a reprimand to the Delhi government, the apex court voiced ‘passing the buck to the Municipal Commissioner.’ It added, “This kind of lame excuse will force us to hold an audit of the revenue you are earning and spend on popularity slogans.”

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