Cities like Patna and Raipur are getting into the radar of polluted cities as per the reports while the Supreme Court stating to the Centre to have a nationwide overview at the air pollution problem and not just target Delhi NCR alone. The court further questioned the MOEFC (Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change) on the solution for air pollution control in the entire nation.
A constitutional bench of Justice Deepak Gupta and Madan B Lokur questioned the Ministry that as per newspapers Patna and Raipur are also one of the most polluted cities then why only Delhi gets a special attention and what is the solution proposed for the remaining cities of the nation.
ANS Nadkarni, ASG (Additional Solicitor General) on behalf of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change responded the judges that a final decision will be soon taken while there are necessary step to be taken on this front.
The bench chalked out an observation that in their order on December 13, 2017, MOEFC should take the charge of looking into the air pollution problem with a nationwide angle as the problem is not just affecting Delhi but also spreading in other parts of the country, therefore, there should be appropriate action to be taken.
The Ministry was also instructed to take strict actions on Stubble burning issue in Delhi NCR as it is directly adding to the air pollution problem while affecting the health of the public. The court further states that there is different force aligned to tackle with stubble burning issue and suggest solutions.
Prior to this year, the Cabinet Secretariat had appointed a task force with high-level officials like senior personals from varied departments and experts for tackling the air pollution in Delhi NCR.
A detailed plan of action was recommended by the Ministry for tackling air pollution problem. The plan is focused to meet the requirements of making the air quality clean for states like Rajasthan, Delhi NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.