Supreme Court requests Delhi’s and the surrounding states’ responses on their plans to reduce air pollution

One of the primary causes of Delhi’s air pollution, according to the three-judge panel led by Justice SK Kaul, is crop burning.

The authorities of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Rajasthan were questioned by the Supreme Court on Tuesday over their efforts to prevent crop burning and the ensuing effects of air pollution in the nation’s capital. In order for the Supreme Court to hear the matter again on November 7, the chief secretaries of the states were instructed to submit affidavits detailing their positions within a week.

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The three-judge panel led by Justice SK Kaul stated that one of the primary causes of Delhi’s air pollution is crop burning.

Prior to the onset of winter, the highest court had previously requested a comparable report on the actions made to reduce air pollution in and around the nation’s capital from the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM).

Due to the “poor” to “very poor” air quality in Delhi-NCR, residents are forced to breathe contaminated air, which puts them at risk for lung conditions among other illnesses.

Earlier, a plea was filed asking the Supreme Court to step in and instruct states on how to reduce air pollution. Suggestions included installing smog towers, planting plantation drives, and providing accessible public transportation. Additionally, a high-level committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge was to be appointed to address the problem of stubble burning-related air pollution.

The aforementioned circumstance is a clear violation of everyone’s right to life (Article 21). In its plea, the petitioner stated that it is also their obligation under Article 51A of the fundamental duties to file this petition in order to steer the nation toward a positive framework and save its citizens from being ill when appropriate treatment is available.

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