The Supreme Court of India has appointed a retired Judge Mr. Madan B Lokur today (16) to probe the alleged straw burning in the Indian capital, New Delhi, which is considered as the alleged reason for the reported air pollution .
The straw burning reportedly occurs especially in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
New Delhi’s air quality index stood at 312 yesterday, which is considered to be a very unfavorable situation. Earlier on 12 February , the air quality index in Delhi was marked at 320.
While directing that National Cadet Corps , National Service Scheme and Bharat Scouts be deployed for assisting the panel, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde rejected the objection of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on the appointment of the committee saying the concerned states have already been heard.
The apex court directed the court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority and chief secretaries of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to assist the Lokur panel to enable physical surveillance of fields where stubble is burnt.
“We just want that people of Delhi NCR can breath fresh air without any pollution,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
Mehta, who appeared for the Centre, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, told the bench that they may have “some reservation” over appointment of the one-man committee and urged that the EPCA should be the monitoring authority for preventing stubble burning.
“We must not trouble Justice Lokur,” Mehta said, urging the bench to post the matter for hearing after Dusherra vacation on this issue.
Retired Supreme Court Judge appointed to probe Delhi air pollution
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