SC seeks reports from Delhi, NCR states on controlling air pollution
Hindustan Times Delhi|November 30, 2021
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Punjab to enforce all 52 directions issued by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) for controlling air pollution in Delhi-NCR, lamenting that implementation of the pollution control measures seems to be zero across states.
Utkarsh Anand

NEW DELHI:

Seeking a status report on the implementation of CAQM's directives from all the state governments by Wednesday, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana further observed that the top court would consider setting up a task force to monitor and enforce execution if states fail to carry out the task. All intentions are good and directions are given but the implementation is zero. The issue is to implement the directions... If they (states) don't implement despite repeated instructions, we won't have any option but to create a task force, the bench, which also comprised justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant, said.

CAQM's 52 directions include directives on controlling dust due to construction-related activities, a ban on stubble burning, seizure of old vehicles, reduction of industrial pollution and pollution from thermal power plants, dust control from the road and open areas, and a clampdown on open biomass burning.

Representing the Centre as well as CAQM, solicitor general Tushar Mehta submitted that the Commission has been repeatedly interacting with the states. “There are states which have complied partially. That gap between the directions and implementation needs to be reduced. The only thing that we have not done is to initiate criminal proceedings. But we have now started personal visits and inspections too, added Mehta.

The CJI replied: That's the right thing to do. Nobody wants to implement. You identify states that have not been implementing the directions. We will also ask the states about steps taken by them and the reasons for not taking certain measures...otherwise, we will be forced to set up an independent task force.

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