Delhi’s air quality crisis requires a scientific study and “extraordinary measures” will not help, the Supreme Court said today. “Even if the pollution level drops now, we will continue to adjudicate this case and set a course of action,” the court said in a stark warning. Regarding the farm fire issue, the court made it clear that “micromanagement is not possible” and the government should decide to impose a fine.
Three weeks later, the nation’s capital continued to be enveloped in toxic air. “This is the capital of the nation. Look at the signal we’re sending to the world. You have to predict the situation based on statistics … and act in advance so that the situation does not become serious. “, the court emphasized.
“Now that there are supercomputers … there needs to be a statistical model,” the government said.
The city’s AQI (Air Quality Index) this morning was in the “very poor” category. Air quality deteriorated earlier this month after widespread violations of the crackers ban.
The court said today it must determine the acceptable level of the AQI (air quality index) for the national capital.
In the final hearing, the top court highlighted how this has become an annual issue.
The Air Quality Commission should conduct a scientific study based on wind direction, it added this morning. “These special measures are not going to help. What steps are you going to take and the impact of that over the next seven days is what we want?”
“I have listed the immediate steps. There are also long-term plans. We have introduced categorical measures,” said General Counsel Tushar Mehta – representing the central government – replied.
Lawyer Vikas Singh, representing the petitioner, said: “The issue of stubble burning needs to be taken care of. If farmers are compensated, the farm fires can be brought under control.”
In response, the court said: “Have there been studies on the amount of beard removal in Punjab, Haryana and UP? This would be a big problem. How would you deal with beard burning? I’m using our common sense to discuss this.What is the bureaucracy doing?Let the Secretary decide something…why can’t they go down to the fields and talk to the farmers? , scientists and come up with a permanent solution?”
This is the third week in a row that the issue of air pollution has been heard in the highest court, which rebuked the center and issued a statement on the matter.