Expressing its dissatisfaction with the measures taken to combat the increase in air pollution in the national capital, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central and Delhi governments to come up with a concrete action plan one day, otherwise the court would be obliged to intervene.
“We will solve (the matter) tomorrow morning … Please answer by then. Otherwise, don’t force us … We expect serious action. If you can’t, we’ll do it. If you want an order, we will give you an order. We will appoint someone to run your government, “Judge India NV Ramana said as he listened to a petition calling for pollution control measures.
The bank, which also includes Judges DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant, said the Aam Aadmi Party government had various insurance, such as working from home, blocking and closing schools and colleges in previous hearings. However, despite these assurances, the children went to school while the elders worked from home.
Abhishek senior lawyer Manu Singhvi, present for the Delhi government, said schools had been reopened after experts said there was a loss of learning for students due to offline classes. He said they were reopened only to those who wanted to go.
Enthusiastically, the bank said: “Don’t use our shoulders to shoot … If you say that only those who want to come should come, then everyone will. Who wants to stay home now … ”
Schools in the national capital reopened on Monday (November 29) for students of all grades. The government closed schools in the city in early November due to rising levels of air pollution.
The court also criticized the government for the “Red Light On, Gaadi Off” campaign to reduce vehicle pollution, saying it was nothing more than a popular slogan. “Poor young people in the middle of the road with banners … who cares about their health? Again, we have to say, apart from a popular slogan, what else is it? “He asked.
When Singhvi referred to the government’s statement on the various measures taken, the court noted: “This is another cause of pollution, so many statements on our own responsibility every day.”
“We are not opposition leaders. We are concerned about the implementation of our orders, “the IJC said as Singhvi tried to explain the NCT government’s response to the situation.
“As a layman, I ask this … if all these steps are implemented, then why does the level of pollution increase? The burning of stubble, which was the main reason according to the Delhi government, and many others collapsed … So where does this (pollution) come from? ” the CJI asked.
The bank then asked the Center about what the “Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Neighboring Areas” is doing, with up to 28 members.
Judge Chandrachud emphasized that the commission had no jurisdiction to carry out its orders, except for a clause allowing a fine to be imposed. He pointed out that, as the court had stated at the previous hearing, the fine itself was not a solution.
Prosecutor General Tushar Mehta, present for the Center, said it was up to the state government to implement the commission’s instructions. SG added that he will check with the minister what can be done in this regard and will evaluate the court.
At this point, the IJC said: “In the room itself, we thought we should do something extraordinary. We cannot induce creativity in your bureaucracy. It’s up to them… ”