Supreme Court sets 24-hour deadline for government to come up with concrete measures on air pollution: The Tribune India

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 2nd

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave the Center 24 hours to propose concrete control measures to check the air pollution situation in Delhi-NCR, which has been witnessing high levels of AQI for several weeks.

“We offer you 24 hours. We want you to take a closer look at this and come up with a serious solution … We’ll discuss this tomorrow morning for 30 minutes, we can assemble at 10 o’clock in the morning. Let us know the steps, otherwise we will change directions, “said a bank led by Chief Justice NV Ramana, Attorney General Tushar Mehta.

“In an emergency, you have to work in emergencies. Suppose the temperature rises in fever, then what can be done to control it? ” said the IJC, suggesting the establishment of an task force if the government fails to come up with concrete measures.

“Please let me answer tomorrow and let me talk to the minister. We are not against this and the highest officials are just as worried, “said Mehta.

“You can’t shoot bullets in our shoulders, you have to take steps. We can’t infuse creativity into your bureaucracy… It has to come with some steps, ”said Bench, who was critical of the bureaucracy for“ inaction and lack of planning and imagination ”to deal with the air pollution emergency in Delhi. -NCR.

“They don’t want to make any decisions. They want the courts to issue orders and they are happy to enforce them. It is unfortunate that the bureaucracy has reached this point,” Bench said on November 17.

On Thursday, the high court also withdrew the Delhi government for reopening schools and exposing children to high levels of air pollution.

“You’ve implemented homework for adults. So parents work from home, and kids have to go to school. What’s that?” asked the Tribunal, which includes Judge DY Chandrachud and Judge Surya Kant.

“We are looking at this aggressively … you have told us that schools are closed, but this is not the case. Children from three to four years old are obliged to go to school … If you want orders, we will name someone “, the Bank noted.

He also made an exception to the Delhi government’s “Red Light On, Gaadi Off” campaign to reduce vehicle pollution, calling it something other than a popular slogan. The Delhi government has made assurances such as work from home, blocking and closing schools and colleges in previous hearings, but children were going to school while the elderly were working from home, it is said.

“Poor young people in the middle of the road with banners, who cares about their health? Again, apart from the popularity slogan, what else is there?” it was said.

On behalf of the Delhi government, Chief Justice AM Singhvi claimed that he was taking all necessary measures to check the air pollution and that more than 1,500 old polluting vehicles had been confiscated in November.

“We believe that nothing is happening because the level of pollution is increasing. We think we are wasting our time, ”said Bench, noting that nothing is happening on the ground to control the level of pollution in Delhi.

“As a layman, I ask … on the day this issue started, there was an X AQI level of pollution, and then high-profile statements were made. If so much effort has been put in, then how does pollution increase even more … The burning of stubble has also decreased, ”it is said.

“We are not opposition leaders … our only goal is to control pollution. You made sure on the first day that you work from home and that you are ready for isolation, etc … you closed schools and colleagues, but then what? ” she, he asked.

“So practically nothing happens and everything is done,” the ICJ asked itself.

On behalf of petitioner Aditya Dubey, senior lawyer Vikas Singh said: “Today, the AQI level is 500 … It is serious and that means someone is breaking (orders). All these directions, such as water sprinklers, etc., work or should not be seen. ” He suggested that an appropriate flight crew should be deployed to ensure that the prohibition of certain types of activities is applied uniformly.

Singh was an exception to the ongoing work on the Central Vista Project site. “No development can be at the expense of public health. If you go to the India Gate, there’s a lot of dust around. In the end, these bans will only work if there are flying teams to implement these directions, “he said.

The center told the court on Wednesday that all construction activities in the capital by the Central Department of Public Works had been stopped following a court order, except for the redevelopment of Central Vista, a project of “national importance.”

In a statement of its own responsibility in court, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development stated that the construction activities at Central Vista complied with the Rules for the management of construction and demolition waste.