New Delhi: The Supreme Court lashed out at the Centre and state governments over the crisis of air pollution in the national capital region (NCR). Chief Justice NV Ramana remarked that the bureaucracy had developed a sort of inertia and that the court had to do everything.
The court was hearing the submissions the governments’ submissions on the Delhi air pollution.
The CJI’s remarks followed a blame game that erupted over data regarding stubble burning. An irked Justice Ramana slammed the government officials, saying that debates on TV were causing more pollution than any other sources. “Everyone has their own agenda. We are trying to work out a solution here,” he said.
The Delhi government said it could increase the frequency of CNG buses and requested the court to order work from home and also ban vehicles in areas around Delhi as such an order in Delhi alone was of no point.
The Centre in its affidavit said that people should be encouraged to opt for car-pooling instead of announcing closure of offices.
“What I am observing is, as a judge, bureaucracy has developed sort of inertia. They don’t want to take a decision. They only know how to stop a vehicle. The court has to do everything. This is an attitude developed by the executive where no action is taken,” the CJI said.
The next hearing has been scheduled for November 23.
Delhi govt orders closing of schools, colleges till further orders
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday announced that schools and colleges will remain shut until further orders, while vehicles from outside, barring those for essential services, will not be allowed to enter the city.
The work from home arrangement has been extended for government employees, he said. Also, all construction and demolition activities have been suspended for this week.
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