Air pollution: SC asks Punjab, Haryana among five states to file affidavits on steps taken to curb air pollution
Air Pollution: The surge in air pollution in several states of North India especially, Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan exceeds its hazardous levels and is causing side effects such as eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, lung problems, bronchiolitis, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, and pneumonia.
It is to be believed an upward trend in the incidents of farm fires across states can be one of the reasons of surge in air pollution.
A week ago, the three neighbouring states- Delhi, Punjab and Haryana also locked in tussle over the pollution problem in the state.
Amid the surge in air pollution in North India, Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan to file affidavits outlining the efforts and action plans states are taking to tackling the problem of stubble burning and to curb air pollution.
A three-judge bench led by Justice SK Kaul and comprising Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and P K Mishra ordered them to submit an affidavit within a week before the apex court take up the case for further hearing on November 7.
Highlighting the rise in air pollution, Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and PK Mishra also said that farm fires are one of the leading reasons for air pollution in Delhi and NCR.
The top court had earlier sought a report from the Commission for Air Quality Management on the steps being taken to control air pollution in and around Delhi.
Earlier, Supreme Court sought a report from the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on the steps being taken to curb air pollution in and around Delhi.
Meanwhile, Delhi government implemented 15-point winter action plan to curb the pollution caused by vehicles, biomass burning, dust, etc. Delhi government also started the 'Red Light on, Gaadi off' campaign. Through this campaign, Delhi government is trying to control the unnecessary burning of fuel and the spreading of pollution in the national capital.
- With inputs from agencies