The Supreme Court on Monday expressed concerns over the deteriorating air quality of Delhi and questioned the local authorities regarding the steps that are being taken to control the situation.
A special bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant heard the plea.
The apex court stated that the pollution levels in the national capital were painting a negative picture of the country on the world map.
It also directed the Delhi government to frame a comprehensive plan for planting trees and saplings in the city and place before it for assessment.
“The government should also involve NGOs, members of civil society, students and others in planting trees in the city,” the SC suggested.
The SC then asked Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and UP governments to explain the steps they have taken in compliance with directions by Commission for Air Quality Management in Delhi-NCR to curb air pollution and sought compliance reports from them.
The bench further said that if the state governments fail to implement the directions issued by it, the commission on air pollution and the Centre, then it will set up a task force for implementation of measures to reduce pollution.
The matter has been posted for hearing on December 2.
During the previous hearing, the court had called for a thorough statistical and scientific study as well as a graded response to combat the pollution problem.
The national capital’s air quality was on Monday recorded in the ‘severe’ category at 406, real-time data of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed.
The AQIs in Mathura Road (406) and Delhi University area (416) were also recorded in the ‘severe’ category.