Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Delhi air pollution: Supreme Court says change in wind direction brought down pollution, states didn’t do anything scientific

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard public interest litigation on Delhi air pollution, in which the top court said that they can’t go with the wind direction, and they need to see what steps have been taken.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud, and Surya Kant was hearing the plea today.

The bench asked the centre if their meteorological department predicted future situations? To which, SG Tushar Mehta said that it will improve according to the wind flow.

The court also said that the commission has to conduct a scientific study, now they have the wind study but there has to be a statistical model that if these measures are taken according to the wind model and how much the situation will improve after this. The bench further asked that what are steps they need to take and what impact it will have.

Replying to this, SG said that they’ve come out with a graded response plan for Delhi and other states.

The bench further said that there is an expectation from the government, and according to some reports, the air pollution has come down to 40 per cent, but ultimately what is it that they are going to do and are they going to review the situation again.

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The Supreme Court bench also lashed out at the centre and said that they take measures when the weather becomes severe. The bench further said that measures have to be taken in anticipation to stop air pollution.

The court also said that all of this is happening in the national capital, imagine the kind of signal it sends to the world.

The Supreme Court concluded by saying that they will not give final orders on this case and neither will close the air pollution case because of the seriousness of the issue, they will continue to hear this matter. The next hearing on this case will take place on Monday, November 29.

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