Delhi High Court Seeks Response of Government Over Air Pollution

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Delhi High Court Seeks Response of Government Over Air Pollution

The smog in Delhi on a winter morning.


New Delhi: 

Delhi High Court today sought responses of the government, the city pollution panel and civic agencies of the national capital on the issue of air pollution here which it has taken up suo motu as a public interest litigation (PIL).

A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notice to the Centre, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and other civic authorities and listed the matter for hearing on February 11, court sources said.

The court took up the issue suo motu (on its own) after it came across news reports that Delhi was one of the most polluted cities in the world with regard to air pollution.

The bench had also come across information that over 50 per cent of children in Delhi suffered from respiratory problem caused due to poor ambient air quality here.

Terming such a situation as "unacceptable" the court had earlier asked DPCC to inform it whether the Supreme Court is looking into the matter of air pollution.

DPCC on February 6 had informed the court that one matter regarding environment pollution, titled MC Mehta, was pending before the apex court, while another petition on air pollution in Delhi and surrounding states is before the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

DPCC had also informed the court that several comprehensive orders have been issued by NGT.

"We have nothing to do with NGT. Can't leave it to them," the bench had remarked.

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