SC to Govt on Air Pollution: ‘You Can’t Let People Die Like This’
Delhi has been in a public health emergency over its toxic air conditions. 
Delhi has been in a public health emergency over its toxic air conditions. (Photo: Reuters)

SC to Govt on Air Pollution: ‘You Can’t Let People Die Like This’

On Monday, 25 November, The Supreme Court took action to combat Delhi’s hazardous air pollution levels and directed the state and central governments to work together to fix the problem.

Both governments were instructed to install anti-smog towers across the Capital and also asked both Haryana and Punjab governments to explain how they were combating their state’s stubble burning crisis.

“Why are people being forced to live in gas chambers? It is better to kill them all in one go. Get explosives in 15 bags at one go. Why should people suffer all this? A blame game is going on in Delhi and I am literally shocked.”
Justice Arun Mishra, as per ANI

The bench was headed by Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta who emphasised the huge health impacts of the bad air for everyone, with children being worst hit

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Delhi-NCR has been in and out of a severe air pollution crisis - deemed a national health emergency with schools shut for a few days in the thick the toxic air period.

The SC asked the governments sternly to put their differences aside and make sure Indians are not dying because of government incompetence.

On 15 November, the apex court had asked, “How do people breathe?”

They then called the chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to explain how they were dealing with the issue.

(With inputs from ANI)

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