New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday took suo motu cognizance of the controversy over supply of alleged unsafe drinking water in the national capital and asked the Delhi government and the Centre to come back with relevant data.
The apex court also slammed the Centre and state governments for the “blame game" on water and air pollution in Delhi, and directed them to submit a report within six weeks stating how they plan to tackle garbage disposal, air and water pollution.
"We are "literally shocked" that water is polluted in Delhi and blame game is going on. What is this happening," Supreme Court said.
The top court also directed the Delhi and the central government to finalise an action plan within 10 days for setting up air purifying towers in different parts of the national capital.
An apex court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta pulled up the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana for having failed to check burning of crop stubble despite court orders. It has given them six weeks to respond on why they should not be held liable for the resultant pollution.
"Delhi is worse than narak (hell)," said Mishra on the state of pollution in Delhi.