26 Oct 2020
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, countries are dealing with another crisis – the climate crisis. As a result, India has taken action to reduce air pollution.
Stubble burning in Delhi NCR is to be addressed by the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court at the start of the week. Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said, “"This is not a matter for PIL (Public Interest Litigation) ... The only issue is people are choking because of pollution and it is something which must be curbed.”
Chief Justice Bobdewill be representing the Centre and is looking to get a legislation in next three to four days. “We can come out with the legislation in three to four days.”
Top sources in the Environment Ministry said, "This is being done to set up a permanent body not only for stubble burning, but also for pollution in Delhi and NCR region.”
The orders asked for is the monitoring to curb the stubble burning issue in the neighbouring states. Retired judge Justice Madan B. Lokur will be giving the ruling.
"I don't understand the interest of Union of India in getting suspended,” sad senior advocate Vikas Singh, who is representing the petitioner who asked for the PIL to the stubble burning.
Coronavirus cases may be linked to the air pollution, some reports claim, however, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "There's no massive jump in any local source of pollution in last few days to cause the spike.”