SC asks Centre, states to continue with measures to curb pollution
The Supreme Court on Wednesday chided the Centre, Delhi and the NCR states for resorting to ad hoc measures to tackle pollution and asked bureaucrats to work out a permanent solution by interacting with scientists and farmers.
“As a government lawyer and we judges are discussing this, what is the bureaucracy doing? Why don’t they go to the field, talk to farmers and scientists and take a decision?” Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana asked solicitor-general Tushar Mehta during a hearing.
The bench, also comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant, said though pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR regions of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan reached alarming levels every winter, the authorities never bothered to take pre-emptive measures.
The bench said the statutory commission set up by the Centre last year to deal with the pollution crisis should conduct a scientific study. “We take measures when the weather becomes severe. These measures have to be taken in anticipation….” Justice Chandrachud said.