Delhi Air pollution: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Delhi-NCR to comply with decisions taken in a meeting of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM). The matter has been posted for hearing on November 24.
The Chief Justice of India observed that "Bureaucracy has gone into inertia and they don't want to do anything. Like using sprinklers or water buckets we have to say, this is the attitude of the executive."
Supreme Court also suggested that Central government officers living in government colonies travel in public transport.
The Solicitor General said that Work From Home in a state like Delhi will have an impact in Delhi but if we (Central employees) go WFH, it'll have pan-India ramifications. "Can the minimum impact it has on pollution outweigh the impact it will have on Pan India functioning; thus we've suggested car-pooling," he added.
SC asked SG about how many vehicles are there and how are Central government officials traveling. It said, "You don't need all 100 officers in the office, you can instead call 50 officers. There are several government localities, can't they travel in public transport?"
"You all say the vehicle is the main cause, but gas guzzlers, hi-fi cars run on Delhi roads," the top court said, asking "Who'll encourage them to stop this?"
"Delhi says no point in banning vehicles or having WFH if not implemented in neighboring states. We thought Commission will give us steps to stop this," the SC said,