The Supreme Court while hearing Delhi Air Pollution case on Monday said Punjab and Haryana are not doing anything to control stubble burning. The top court asked Punjab Chief Secretary: “How can you treat people like this & let them die. Tell us why stubble burning increased after our order. Why are you not able to check stubble burning? Is it not a failure?”
Supreme Court said, “Mr Chief Secretary (Punjab), we’ll hold all the machinery in the state responsible. You can’t let people die like this. Delhi is near suffocating. Because you aren’t able to implement measures, doesn’t mean people in Delhi-NCR should die and suffer from cancer.”
Also, the apex court asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to file report on adverse impact on environment of the factories running in Delhi. A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra also asked CPCB to file details on the nature of factories operating in the capital.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court also asked Haryana Government, why stubble burning had increased in the state? It said, “You (Haryana government) had done a good job earlier in controlling stubble burning, but now it has increased. Punjab and Haryana are not doing anything”.
Likewise, the Supreme Court asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta: “Why are people being forced to live in gas chambers? It is better to kill them all in one go, get explosives in 15 bags at one go. Why should people suffer all this? In Delhi blame game is going on, I am literally shocked.”
Justice Arun Mishra said, “People are laughing at our country that we can’t even control stubble burning. Blame game is not serving the people of Delhi. You people will play the blame game, not taking it (pollution) seriously.”
The top court said that “It will take suo motu cognisance of water pollution issue in national capital to verify whether the drinking water is safe or not for the people and asks Centre and Delhi government to come back with all relevant statistics.”