Will bring law to deal with issue of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, Centre tells SC

The central government will soon bring out legislation to deal with the issue of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, which also includes pollution due to stubble burning.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the Centre, informed the Top Court that the new legislation will be brought within three or four days to tackle this issue.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde welcomed the step. “This is something that has been looked into by the government,” he said.

“This is not a matter for PIL. Everyone is choking in the city due to bad air; it must be curbed,” said CJI.

The Solicitor General said the Centre will come out with the legislation in three to four days and the government is keen to establish a permanent body to address air pollution issue in Delhi-NCR arising from stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Mehta requested the Top Court to suspend its October 16 order, which directed the formation of a panel headed by retired judge Justice Madan B. Lokur, monitoring the stubble burning in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The bench has now stayed its own order of appointing a “one-man committee”. The top court is likely to hear the matter again on Thursday.