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Can’t Let People Die: SC Raps Haryana, Punjab Over Stubble Burning

The Supreme Court said Delhi’s Odd-Even Scheme might not be the way to control the deteriorating air quality.

Updated25 Nov 2019, 12:09 PM IST
India
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The Supreme Court on Monday, 25 November, pulled up the state of Haryana and Punjab for not controlling stubble burning in the state.

“Because you (Punjab) are not able to implement measures does not mean people in NCR should die and suffer from cancer,” observed Justice Arun Mishra, coming down heavily on the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in the state.

Delhi's air quality was recorded in the 'poor' category on 25 November morning and is likely to improve owing to light rains predicted later in the day.

Snapshot
  • Centre informed Lok Sabha on 22 Nov that India produces 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste everyday
  • Schools reopened on Monday, 18 November, after they were closed due to hazardous air quality
  • The Supreme Court pulled up the chief secretaries of UP, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana over air pollution
12:09 PM, 25 Nov

NGT Asks Delhi Govt to Shut Down 4,774 Industrial Units in Residential Areas

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government to immediately shut down 4,774 industrial units running in residential areas.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel passed the order after perusing a report filed by an Oversight Committee, headed by former judge Justice Pratibha Rani, which said that show cause notices have been issued to 4,774 industries located in residential areas in different municipal corporations.

Delhi Chief Secretary, however, told the NGT that show cause procedure is unnecessary in view of the orders of the Supreme Court.

“Thus, show cause notice to 4,774 was wrongly issued instead of straightway such units being closed.”
National Green Tribunal (NGT) Order
12:08 PM, 25 Nov

SC Issues Notice to States, UTs; Seeks Response on Why They Shouldn't be Made Liable

The Supreme Court, on Monday 25 November, issued notice to all the States and Union Territories, seeking their response within six weeks on why they should not be made liable to pay compensation to people for not providing clean drinking water and air.

The Supreme Court also asked for a report from the CPCB and the concerned states on the steps taken to check pollution in rivers as well.

The SC termed the stubble burning an alarming situation, and said that not only the state machinery but the farmers are also responsible for it.

The apex court asked the Centre to take a concrete decision within 10 days on having smog towers in Delhi-NCR to combat air pollution.

9:08 AM, 25 Nov

After Punjab, SC Slams Haryana Over Stubble Burning

The Supreme Court also pulled up the Haryana Chief Secretary, who said that he has been working day and night to fight pollution.

However, the SC asked why Delhi NCR should suffer AQI 1000 when the AQI in Haryana was 200.

“You (Haryana government) had done a good job earlier in controlling stubble burning, but now it has increased. Punjab & Haryana are not doing anything.”
SC to Haryana Government
9:01 AM, 25 Nov

SC Slams Punjab For Failing to Control Stubble Burning

The Supreme Court on Monday, 25 November, pulled up the State of Punjab for not controlling stubble burning in the state.

“Because you (Punjab) are not able to implement measures does not mean people in NCR should die and suffer from cancer,” observed Justice Arun Mishra, coming down heavily on the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in the state.


Published: 15 Nov 2019, 12:32 PM IST
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