The SC suggested that the government should act on the basis of inferences about wind patterns and scientific models based on the level of air pollution in different seasons, instead of waiting to take emergency steps once the air quality becomes critical.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the air quality crisis in the national capital demands a scientific study and a statistical-based model on wind patterns to take advance measures to check air pollution in Delhi-NCR before the situation worsens. suggested.
A division bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said that advance measures should be taken to deal with Delhi’s air quality crisis. It has been observed that only when the weather becomes severe, the governments take measures to control it.
“We take measures when the weather turns severe. These measures should be taken in anticipation. You need to anticipate that the weather is going to be severe with this wind pattern, these measures need to be taken in anticipation The commission has to do a scientific study with a statistical model. This can be done through a statistical model for Delhi,” the bench said.
“This is the national capital, imagine what we are giving the world a signal. You have to predict the situation on the basis of data…and act in anticipation so that the situation does not turn dire,” the bench suggested. Air Quality Management Commission in the National Capital Region (NCR) and surrounding areas to rely on a statistical model.
It suggested that the government should act on inferences about wind patterns and scientific models based on air pollution levels in different seasons, rather than waiting to take emergency steps once the air quality becomes critical.
Justice Chandrachud said, “You need a model for different seasons of Delhi, because you do not have uniform weather throughout the season. There has to be a scientific analysis based on the season of the year, the causes of pollution and the expected wind direction.” This advance action should be taken. Why should Delhiites suffer from air quality which is poor or severe?”
The top court also made it clear that it will not close the air pollution case and will not pass a final order.
“Even though the pollution has subsided, we are not going to close the matter. We will continue to give instructions. Almost every day or every other day, we have to hear that. There may be a little less pollution right now but it’s going to happen again.” Going to be serious. Take measures for the next two-three days.”
It said that keeping in view the seriousness of the matter, it will continue hearing the matter and has fixed the next hearing of the matter on November 29.
Asking the central and state governments to continue the measures already suggested to tackle air pollution for a few more days for the next two-three days, in the meantime, if the pollution level reaches 100, some Restrictions can be removed.
On the issue of stubble burning, the bench made it clear that it “cannot do micro-management” and that the government should decide on the fine.
The top court also asked the Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments about any study to show how much stubble has been removed from these states and what emission control methods have been adopted.
The Bench observed that a public prosecutor and we the judge were discussing the issue, and asked what the bureaucracy was doing on this issue. They (officers) can go to the field, talk to farmers, involve scientists and take decisions, it suggested.
The top court also observed that states use thousands of crores lying with them to collect a labor cess for the welfare of construction workers, who have been deprived of livelihood after banning construction activities.
The top court is hearing a plea seeking to curb rising air pollution levels in Delhi. (ANI)
First published:November 24, 2021, 5:19 pm