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SC takes hold of the Government as Smog congests the Capital

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Nishka Srinivas Veluvali

Published On: November 15, 2021 at 19:57 IST

The Bench headed by CJI NV Ramana, in a Hearing on Monday gave the Centre as well as State governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh only 24 – hours to conduct an emergency meeting and list out the urgent and important measures that can be taken to control the rising pollution.

The Supreme Court on Monday showed extreme grief on the fact that it was being “forced to set the agenda” on the air pollution crisis in the National Capital Region (NCR). The Court rebuked Delhi Government for only “passing bucks”, the Centre for not putting up “drastic steps” to tackle this issue and NCR states for not taking the necessary steps to control what has now become an Annual Public Health Crisis.

The Bench which, also consisted Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant, recorded their concern on work – from – home for all offices in Delhi and preventing farmers from burning stubbles for two weeks in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The Court was clear on emergency alleviation to curb local sources of pollution, seeking the Centre and states to aim on breaking off activities like construction, traffic, industries and power plants.

The Supreme Court firmly stated that they wanted a Report by Wednesday and will pass the necessary Directives based on the submissions.