This becomes critical at this time. It (air quality) is already loaded (with dust), but stubble burning is the trigger.
New Delhi: The Delhi high court and the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rapped the Delhi government and neighbouring states for their unpreparedness to deal with the stubble burning, dubbed as the “main villain” of the menace, as the city reeled under severe smog conditions.
While the high court termed stubble burning as the “main villain” behind the “severe” level of air pollution in the city, the NGT lambasted the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab for not being prepared in advance to tackle the emergency situation.
“This becomes critical at this time. It (air quality) is already loaded (with dust), but stubble burning is the trigger. It becomes the main villain,” the court said.
“The ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breath properly. Why didn’t you not spray water using helicopters as per our direction? You take instructions and inform us day after tomorrow,” a NGT bench headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
The NGT asked the state governments to explain why they had not taken preventive and precautionary measures as it was reported earlier that such a situation was likely to arise.
The green panel also directed the Central Pollution Control Board to state what emergency directions it has issued in exercise of its powers to tackle the situation.
The Delhi high court said that while bringing stubble burning to a complete halt “will take time”, the governments should at least try to enforce the regulations like mitigating construction dust generation, which can be done easily.