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Capital’s Air Quality: SC issues an ultimatum regarding pollution in Delhi

  • Air quality in Delhi is showing no signs of improvement, hence being categorized as ‘severe’. The Supreme Court took cognizance of this matter expressing deep concern, questioning the efforts and claims made by the Centre, Delhi Government and the adjoining NCR states.

  • The Court examined the Commission’s functioning, and what came out of it was sheer disappointment at the fact that even the sources of the pollution were not detected, pointing at the dysfunctionality of the commission.

  • Noting that several directives issued by the Commission are not being implemented at the grass root level a bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said that it might create a "”task force” by itself to monitor the execution of the aforementioned directives.

  • Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta requested the bench for a day’s time, in response to the apprehensions raised by the Court. The SG would contact the highest authorities in order to deal with the ongoing crisis. An ultimatum of 24 hours has been given, failing which the Court will be compelled to create and install a task force.