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SC Orders States To File Affidavits On Steps Taken In Response To Delhi Air Pollution: Hearing Set For Dec 2

As the air quality in Delhi remains poor, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh to file affidavits outlining the actions they have taken to reduce pollution.

As the air quality in Delhi remains poor, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh to file affidavits outlining the actions they have taken to reduce pollution. The Supreme Court bench, which included Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant, remarked that several of the recommendations made by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in Delhi-NCR had not been implemented. On December 2, the next hearing will take place.

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Pollution: The Supreme Court orders states to provide affidavits detailing their actions

Despite the fact that the Delhi government has banned all construction activities in the national capital, one petitioner has pointed out that work on Central vista is still underway, despite the fact that it is not necessary. States, meanwhile, have announced that they will file affidavits addressing payment to construction employees affected by the moratorium. The bench required compliance after the Centre indicated that cleaner fuels, the relocation of polluting companies, a moratorium on construction and demolition activities, stubble burning, and the establishment of dust control and management cells had not been followed.

Delhi Air Pollution
Delhi Air Pollution

To solve Delhi’s air pollution crisis, the Supreme Court had already reimposed a construction restriction in the NCR. To reduce pollution, the Supreme Court ordered the CAQM to employ expert agencies with domain understanding in meteorological data and statistical modelling.

Plumbing, interior decoration, electrical work, and carpentry are exempt from the restriction, and the Supreme Court has instructed the states to utilise the cash collected as a labour cess to pay the wages of the affected workers in accordance with the Minimum Wages Act.

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SC on pollution in the air

On November 15, a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana ordered employment from home in the NCR. The Supreme Court also encouraged governments to persuade farmers to stop burning stubble for a few days. Construction, industries, and automobile traffic are the main sources of pollution, according to the SC, with stubble burning being a minor contributor.

“Three more serious procedures that haven’t been taken,” CJI Ramana stated. “Odd even scheme for vehicles, truck entry prohibition to Delhi, and the most severe would be Lockdown.” With the Centre claiming that stubble burning was responsible for 10% of pollution, the Supreme Court pointed out that the Delhi government’s affidavit was merely accusing farmers of pollution. The bench enquired, “Are you attempting to place blame on local governments? Are you attempting to deflect blame? “..

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In its affidavit, the Centre advised dust control measures at construction sites, reduced coal-fired power plant operation, the closure of all hot mix facilities, the closure of all brick kilns, the elimination of diesel generators, and fines for waste burning. In its affidavit, Delhi identified stubble burning as the primary cause and stated that it was prepared to impose full lockdown in the event of worsened air quality. Trucks, transportation, schools, and other facilities in Delhi were later shut down.

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