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Publish reports since 2010 on ill-effect of pollution on health: SC to CPCB

The court directed CPCB to publish these reports on its website within two weeks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhi Pollution, Air Pollution
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The Monday directed the Control Board (CPCB) to publish on its website all the studies since 2010 relating to ill-effects of on the health of citizens.

A bench of Justices and was told by Aparajita Singh, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in air matter, that several studies have been conducted in India on health and economic impacts of environmental pollution but they were not available in the public domain.

"Is some kind of study being done on cost of health due to pollution?," the bench asked, adding, "perhaps, we are spending much more in treating people than what was being spent in trying to keep the pollution in check".

To this, the amicus and one of the advocates said several Indian study reports were available which indicated hazards of pollution on the health of people.

Referring to one of the reports, the said as per study conducted by an institute in West Bengal, air pollution may led to cancer also.

"We direct the to publish these reports since 2010 onwards on the website of so that public can be made aware of the worst consequences of air pollution and other environmental pollution," the bench said.

The court directed to publish these reports on its website within two weeks.

Justice Gupta observed when he was recently in Shimla, he had accessed an app, which indicates air quality index, and found it reflected that it was "very unhealthy" to go outside.

"The app was sponsored by some air purifier company. There was clear blue sky in Shimla but the app said it was very unhealthy to go outside. Look into it also," he said.

During the hearing, the amicus told the bench that a meeting of stakeholders was held on December 5 about the issue of emission standards for power plants in India and it was agreed that they would comply with it as per the revised schedule of December 31, 2022.

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She said and Ministry of Environment, were looking into the aspect of deterrance for non-compliance.

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The bench asked the Centre to file an affidavit by March 1, next year on this issue and posted the matter for hearing in March.

The court was hearing a matter relating to air pollution in Capital Region (NCR).

First Published: Mon, December 10 2018. 19:36 IST