SC seeks long-term solution to Delhi pollution

SC seeks long-term solution to Delhi pollution

With the air quality in Delhi and the national capital region worsening, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre, AAP government and the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana about remedial steps that could be taken to curb the rising pollution.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notices to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab and sought their responses to a PIL which has sought emergent steps to improve the air quality in the region, especially in the national capital.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, however made it clear that the proceedings on the other pleas relating to air pollution, before any court or forum, would not be put on hold.

The apex court said it will deal with the issue to find a long-term solution to the problem of air pollution.

Apart from preventing stubble burning and cleaning dust from roads, the plea by lawyer R K Kapoor also suggested promoting use of solar energy and electric vehicles.

The petitioner, however, was not in favour of the odd- even scheme of car rationing, saying it was "not productive" in controlling air pollution in the city.

The petition has claimed that the rise in dust particles on roads, stubble burning in Delhi's neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab and UP have led to an alarming rise in the pollution levels in the NCR and its adjoining areas.

Kapoor, in his plea, contended that breathing such polluted air could result in asthma and cancer.

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