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Centre states that Farmers Stubble Burning contributes to 10% Pollution; SC retailitates saying, 'Pollution is caused by city-related issues. Take care of them and then we will come to stubble burning'

Lawstreet Journal 16 Nov 2021 6:55pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Centre states that Farmers Stubble Burning contributes to 10% Pollution; SC retailitates saying, 'Pollution is caused by city-related issues. Take care of them and then we will come to stubble burning'

The Supreme Court on Monday (November 15,2021 ) said the “cat is out of the bag” to prove that urban factors such as construction activities, industry, vehicular exhaust and road dust are actually the major causes of pollution in the Capital and not farmers’ stubble burning.

A special Bench led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana gleaned over the fact from the affidavits filed by the Centre and Delhi Government. The Centre, for one, said farm fires in neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh contributed only 10% to the pollution.

In the previous hearing, the Court had questioned the narrow focus of the Centre and the Delhi Government on farmers.

“You [Centre] say 76% of the pollution is caused by industry, dust, vehicles and construction and not due to stubble burning... So the cat is out of the bag... You [Delhi] are saying farm fires contribute only 4%... So you are now trying to target pollution that is insignificant?,” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, on the Bench, asked both Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Centre and Delhi, respectively.

“Are you agreeing in principle that farm fires are not the major cause? So all that hue and cry had no scientific or actual basis?,” Justice Surya Kant further asked.

Chief Justice Ramana saidthat  the court had been insisting that stubble burning was not the major cause. “Pollution is caused by city-related issues... You first take care of them and then we will come to… Continue Reading...


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