The Supreme Court today (November 13, 2019) criticised the Centre over inaction in tackling the deteriorating air quality in Delhi and directed it to find a solution to the problem of air pollution.
A Bench of Chief Justice of IndiaRanjan Gogoi
and JusticeS.A. Bobde
slamming the Centre said that "In our view, little constructive efforts have been made by the government and other stakeholders to find a solution to the problem."
During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta
submitted before the Court that the Central government is exploring various technology, including hydrogen-based technology adopted by Japan, to tackle the issue.
Considering the submission, the Court directed the Centre to review the technology and submit a report about its outcome on December 3, 2019. The Court was hearing a suo motu
case registered by the Supreme Court after air quality level in Delhi and surrounding States is failing to get any better. As per India Today, Delhi's air quality today, was in the severe category with pollution levels expected to enter the "severe plus" or "emergency" category later in the day. The AQI in adjoining areas of Noida and Greater Noida was recorded at 472 and 462 respectively while Faridabad and Gurugram had an AQI of 441 and 448 respectively. An AQI between 201 and 300 is 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe' while the AQI above 500 falls in the severe plus category.