Business Standard

SC asks Centre to come out with concrete steps to deal with stubble burning

The top court asked the Centre to file an affidavit detailing concrete steps to deal in future with the situation of stubble burning

Centre | Supreme Court | Stubble burning

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

stubble burning
Indian farmers illegally burn hundreds of thousands of acres each year because it’s the fastest way to clear the ground for replanting. Bloomberg

The Monday asked the to file an affidavit detailing concrete steps to deal in future with the situation of stubble burning, which is a major cause of air pollution in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR) during the winters.

The order by a bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, came after it was submitted that the pollution caused due to will again come to fore in future.

Mr Tushar Mehta (Solicitor General), you come back with some concrete steps on stubble burning, the bench said.

The top court was hearing a petition which has raised the issue of pollution caused due to in neighbouring states of Delhi.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the petitioner, told the bench, The issue will arise again. For this year, the issue of is over and it will start again next time. The has said nothing on this.

The bench asked solicitor general to file an affidavit on the issue.

The apex court had last month said it was not satisfied with the work done by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas, which has been constituted by the to tackle air pollution.

We don't know what your commission is doing. People in Delhi are not satisfied with your work. We are also not satisfied, the bench had said.

Mehta had earlier told the bench that the commission is working on war footing and several steps have been taken to deal with pollution.

On November 6, the apex court had asked the Centre to ensure there is no smog in Delhi as it was informed that the Commission has started functioning from that day.

It had said that pollution problem has to be dealt with by the executive as it has the power, money and resources for this.

The Centre, which has appointed former Chief Secretary of Delhi M M Kutty as the chairperson of the Commission, had apprised the court that there were experts from the field besides members from NGOs in the newly created Commission.

On October 29, the top court was informed by the Centre that it has come out with an ordinance on curbing pollution and it has been promulgated already.

The top court is also hearing a separate plea on air pollution and had last year even taken a suo motu note of alarming rise in air pollution in Delhi-NCR where several directions have been passed with regard to stubble burning.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, January 11 2021. 19:42 IST