NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday yet again pulled up the central government and bureaucracy over air pollution in Delhi and wondered why they haven’t come up with a permanent solution to prevent stubble burning.
The top court was hearing a plea seeking directions to provide stubble-removing machines to small and marginal farmers for free.
Pulling up the Centre for not coming up with a solution to stubble burning, the court said: “We are using common sense to discuss the issues. What is the central and state bureaucracy doing? Why can’t they go to the fields, talk to farmers and scientists and devise a permanent solution to prevent stubble burning.”
The top court said the Centre should prepare a scientific model based on data from the last five years to determine the average air pollution levels in different seasons every year and take steps prior to the anticipated days of “severe air pollution” to prevent worsening of ambient air quality.
The court said the Centre should meanwhile continue taking measures to control air pollution for the next two-three days.
“In the meantime, if the pollution level (AQI) comes (down) to 100, then some restrictions can be lifted,” it said.
The bench said it will continue to monitor the situation throughout the year to find out what anticipated steps are being taken by Centre, Delhi and NCR states to prevent the air from turning noxious.
The apex court posted the matter for further hearing on November 29.
Last week, the Supreme Court had taken a strong exception to farmers being blamed for stubble burning amid the air pollution crisis in the NCR, saying “people sitting in five star facilities in Delhi keep on accusing farmers” without taking note of their plight.
The apex court had also pointed to ‘hi-fi cars” and “gas guzzlers” plying on Delhi roads, saying all affidavits referred to transportation as a pollution source.
(With inputs from agencies)

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