SC suggests Centre to declare two-day lockdown in Delhi to tackle pollution
The Supreme Court of India on Saturday took a serious view of the severe pollution engulfing Delhi-NCR and told the Centre to consider declaring a two-day lockdown to curb the air pollution.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Raman, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said, “Tell us how we can reduce AQI from 500 at least by 200 points. Take some urgent measures. Can you think of two days lockdown or something? How can people live?”
They said that air quality in Delhi is in the ‘severe’ category and in another two to three days it will dip further. Take an emergency decision. We will look at a long-term solution later,” the court directed the government. The court said stubble burning has to be tackled in a long-term measure. But, emergency measures are to be taken without states and the Centre playing politics or blame game over it. “You have to look at this issue beyond politics and government,” it said.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Centre told that the Supreme Court that in today’s meeting government will have to focus on the emergency situation of air pollution.
The Centre told the Supreme Court that the metrological department was consulted and according to it, spurt in stubble burning, Delhi air remaining static. Thus Centre cited that till November 18 we have to be watchful.
Taking a note of the opening of schools in Delhi, the court said, “Little children have to go to school in this weather, we are exposing them to this. Dr Guleria (AIIMS chief) said we are exposing them to pollution, pandemic and dengue”.”Have you taken any step to close the schools or address the situation? What happened to the smog towers you were to put up? Are they working,” the SC asked.
The SC asked the Centre to inform on Monday the decisions taken to address the emergency situation caused by air pollution. Meanwhile, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has called an emergency meeting today to tackle air pollution. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, health minister Satyendar Jain, environment minister Gopal Rai and Delhi chief secretary will take part in the meeting