‘You want to ban industries in Pakistan?’: CJI As UP Blames Pak For Pollution In Delhi-NCR

Since the last few days air pollution is prevalent in the National capital region and is worsening with each passing day. Owing to the degrading air quality and subsequent shut down of Schools the Supreme court of India intervened into this matter and asked NCR states to submit a report for the cause and suggest remedial measures to tackle the current scenario. Chief Justice N V Ramana on Friday pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for suggesting that pollution in Delhi-NCR is due to industries in Pakistan.

A Rubbish Reason From The UP Side

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre and the states in NCR to implement the orders of the panel on air quality management to curb air pollution while ruing that some sections of the media have “portrayed” it as a “villain” which wants to close down schools here. Apex court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to approach the commission on air quality management with its grievance against the direction that the industries, which was not running on cleaner fuel in NCR, will be allowed to operate for eight hours a day only.



Zero Visibility in NCR

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Uttar Pradesh, said sugarcane crushing goes on continuously in this season and the direction will harm farmers. The UP government told the Supreme Court that the closure of industries may affect sugarcane and milk industries in the state and that UP is in the downward wind as the air is mostly coming from Pakistan.

Supreme Court Asked States To follow The Directives

A special bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana also took note of measures taken by the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas on Thursday and asked the Centre, Delhi and states in the National Capital Region (NCR) to follow the directions.


Rajpath covered in thick smog

In an affidavit, the commission told the bench, also comprising justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant, that a five-member enforcement task force has been set up to contain air pollution in Delhi and NCR. Forty such squads would monitor the implementation of measures suggested by it to deal with pollution, the panel said.