Delhi Air Pollution: Warning of strict action, the Supreme court gave a 24-hour ultimatum to Centre, Delhi, and neighboring states to act against industrial and vehicular pollution.
Delhi air pollution has increased despite the government claims, the Supreme Court said today, expressing dissatisfaction with the measures taken over the last few weeks.
"We feel that nothing is happening and the pollution keeps increasing... only time is being wasted," Chief Justice NV Ramana said during the hearing - this is the fourth straight week that the Supreme court heard arguments over the air crisis in the national capital and nearby cities.
Warning of strict action, the Supreme court gave a 24-hour ultimatum to centre, Delhi, and neighboring states to act against industrial and vehicular pollution - counted as the main causes behind the deteriorating air quality.
Delhi's air quality deteriorated sharply last month after Diwali. Farm fires were also cited as a source - but that led to debates and blame games. A month on, the city is still gasping for air.
Chiding the Arvind Kejriwal government over the reopening of the schools, the top court said that "three-year-olds and four-year-olds are going to schools but adults are working from home". "We will appoint somebody to administer your government," Chief Justice Ramana said.
The focus should be less on optics and more on the action, it was suggested during the hearing as Justice Surya Kant said: "Nothing has been followed. While we came to the court there are people sitting in the middle of the road with banners of 'Save environment'. that's why we say...only popularity slogans."