Tribune press service
New Delhi, November 29
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to comply with instructions issued by the Commission for the Management of Air Quality in the NCR and adjacent areas, the Center and the court, and asked them to file compliance reports by Wednesday.
Releasing the case for a new hearing on Thursday, a three-judge panel led by CJI NV Ramana said: “We want to give states the opportunity to comply with the instructions. They are urged to comply immediately and file responses by Wednesday…. States must implement all measures within 48 hours.
If states fail to enforce the instructions, we will establish a task force to implement measures to reduce air pollution. —SC Bench
The Supreme Court asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to respond to the issue of dust pollution caused by the construction of Central Vista, raised by lead lawyer Vikas Singh, who represented petitioner Aditya Dubey.
“I can read videos showing how dust is rising from the site,” Vikas Singh said even as Mehta said, “It’s just a trumpet.” Earlier when Mehta said the AQI was 405 today, CJI corrected it and said it was 419.