Delhi HC raps state and central governments on pollution1 min read . Updated: 22 Dec 2015, 12:26 AM IST
Court asks the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to furnish reports regarding levels of different pollutants in the air
New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Monday reprimanded the Delhi and central governments for failing to comply with its orders seeking information and action plans to tackle air pollution in the national capital and surrounding areas.
There was an emergency with regard to air quality in the city, the court said.
“We are making it known to all officials and agencies that it’s their prime duty that all statutes, rules are followed to the T. The situation today is an emergency situation. Had all laws been followed, this situation would not have arisen," it said.
A bench comprising justices B.D. Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to furnish reports regarding levels of different pollutants in the air.
The two reports—a monthly average report for every pollutant (including particulate matter (PM) 10, PM 2.5, NO2) for 2011-15 and a weekly average report for October-February—will have to be furnished before the court.
The Delhi high court’s orders are in addition to steps taken by the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal to improve the quality of air in Delhi, listed by several reports as the worst in the world.
In order to reduce dust pollution, the court asked the Delhi government to furnish details about landfills, and whether they were appropriately disposing of waste. The court also sought information regarding advertisements notifying the public about the ban on burning leaves, garbage, plastic and tyres.
The court will hear the case next on 14 January.