Air pollution: The Supreme Court has asked the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to comply with the directions issued by the Commission for Air Quality Management in Delhi and NCR, the Centre and the court; and asked them to file compliance reports by December 1.
A three-judge Bench, which was led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, said if the states did not implement the directions, they would set up a task force for the implementation of measures to reduce air pollution.
The Bench posted the matter for further hearing for December 2, “We want to give an opportunity to the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to comply with the directions. They are directed to comply forthwith and file replies before November 1 evening….States must implement all measures in 48 hours.”
The Supreme Court has directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to respond to the issue of air pollution caused by the ongoing construction of Central Vista, raised by senior advocate Vikas Singh on behalf of petitioner Aditya Dubey.
As air quality continued to be very poor or hazardous, the Supreme Court had on November 24 re-imposed the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR.
During the last hearing, the court had said, “We take measures when the condition becomes severe… These measures have to be taken in anticipation…based on a scientific statistical model.”