Guarantee smog-free Delhi, SC tells Centre

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6

As the newly constituted Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas started functioning today, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to ensure there was no smog in Delhi.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India that the government had appointed former Delhi Chief Secretary MM Kutty as the chairperson of the panel that had jurisdiction over NCR, including areas in Haryana, Punjab, UP and Rajasthan, with regard to air pollution.

“We are a court of law. This is a problem which has to be dealt with by the executive… we have some limitations,” the Bench observed. “Ensure there is no smog in the city,” the court said.

Mehta said the government was making efforts on a war footing to deal with the situation.

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