You can't let people die, says SC about the contamination of Delhi-NCR, passes a lot of directions

NEW DELHI: People in Delhi-NCR are losing precious years of their lives and cannot be left to die due to the appalling pollution situation that reflects a shocking state of affairs, the Supreme Court said Monday and ordered the Punjab neighbors, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh to stop.

The higher court also stopped all construction and demolition activities, as well as burning garbage and waste in the National Capital Region of Delhi (NCR) until further orders.

By passing a series of instructions to curb the alarming levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR, he said that citizens cannot be evacuated from the national capital amid reports that people have been advised not to visit and leave the city. Due to the environmental danger.

Distressed by the rampant cases of burning stubble in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, the high court summoned its chief secretaries on November 6, saying that the time had come to settle responsibility for this type of situation that violates the right to life of citizens.

The court ordered the Center and the states involved to prepare a road map within three weeks to avoid a situation in the future like the one currently prevailing in the region due to toxic air quality.

A bank of Judges Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta directed the chief secretaries of the three states, as well as district collectors and police machinery to ensure that not even a single instance of stubble burning occurs.

During the hearing, lead attorney Aparajita Singh, who attended the higher court as an amicus curiae in the matter of contamination, told the bank that, according to the recent affidavit presented by the Center, stubble burning contributes to around 46% of pollution in Delhi-NCR.

The higher court also said that a fine of Rs 1 lakh will be imposed for construction or demolition activities in Delhi-NCR and that criminals involved in garbage or burning waste would be penalized for Rs 5,000.

The bank noted that it is shocking that every year, Delhi-NCR stagnates due to severe pollution and we cannot do anything.

It can't be done in a civilized country, the bank said, adding: If people don't respect the rights of others, they don't have rights either. The right to life is the most important right.

There is no safe place to live in Delhi. People are not sure even inside their home. It's atrocious, said the bank.

The level of the air quality index (AQI) in the rooms is above 500-600. This is the figure in Lutyens Delhi. Can we survive on this? This is not the way we can survive. People are losing precious years of their life in Delhi. Because of this, he said.

While ordering the authorities of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to take measures to extinguish the burning stubble, the bank said it does not sympathize with the farmers who surrender to them, as they are endangering the lives of others.

During the hearing, the bank asked why there should be stubborn burns incessantly year after year in these areas and, although there has been a lot of noise and crying about it, the states have done nothing to address the problem.

You are asking people to die. Your states (Punjab and Haryana) are also severely affected. Is this the administration that remains in Punjab and Haryana? Every year this is happening. We will also exempt the responsibility of states and panchayats. said.

People are advised not to come to Delhi. Who is responsible for this? State governments are responsible. They are only interested in the election campaign. They assume no responsibility. We will not tolerate this, he said.

The amicus told the superior court that, according to the Center's affidavit, crop burning increased by 7% in Punjab and decreased by 17% in Haryana, while there were no data available on western Uttar Pradesh.

The bank said that in case of violation of its instructions regarding the steps to stop the burning of stubble, it would drag the entire administration, from the chief secretary to the level of Gram Panchayat and 'Sarpanch', and everyone would be responsible.

He also asked the governments of the three states to explain why they should not be asked to pay compensation for the damage caused since they have failed completely to avoid burning stubble in their respective areas.

The bank also questioned the Delhi government about its highly publicized odd and odd vehicle plan, which began on Monday, and ordered it to place pollution level data from previous periods when the plan to curb air pollution was implemented.

Regarding pollution in Delhi-NCR due to dust on the roads, the bank ordered that water be sprayed on the roads that have more dust and that a traffic plan be prepared to address the pollution problem due to traffic congestion. traffic.

He also ordered the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi to suggest water pressure for sprinklers to reduce dust contamination.

The bank said its instructions will be widely publicized on TV, Media, Radio and also at the level of Gram Panchayat so that people can be aware of it.

He directed the Environmental Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) ordered by the court to make the decision to prohibit the entry of diesel trucks in Delhi and also about industries that contribute to pollution and could be closed during this time.

The higher court also ordered the authorities to ensure that there are no power outages in Delhi-NCR so that the generators are not used, except in essential emergency services.