NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court docket on Monday stored in abeyance its order appointing former apex court docket choose Justice M B Lokur as the pinnacle a one-man fee on stubble burning after the Centre knowledgeable that it could create a everlasting physique on air air pollution by enacting a legislation inside three to 4 days.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde agreed to placed on maintain the execution of its October 16 order after solicitor normal Tushar Mehta knowledgeable the court docket concerning the Centre’s proposal to create a everlasting physique by enacting a legislation to sort out stubble burning in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
The air pollution this 12 months within the NCR is a matter of extra concern, with specialists saying it may result in a spike within the Covid-19 infections.
The bench was listening to a petition filed by a pupil, Aditya Dubey, complaining that regardless of assurances given by the three states final 12 months to curb stubble burning, NASA pictures confirmed there have been 5 instances extra farm fires than throughout the identical interval final 12 months.
In the course of the listening to, Mehta advised the bench, “The federal government has taken a holistic view and is contemplating bringing a laws on the difficulty particularly to cope with the issue of air air pollution in Delhi-NCR, which can put a everlasting physique in place with contributors from all affected areas.”
He didn’t elaborate on the framework of the proposed legislation, however admitted that stubble bur ning mus t be curbed on a warfare footing. The CJI known as it a welcome step.
“That is one thing that the federal government ought to have acted on. This isn’t a matter for PIL. The one subject is that persons are choking due to the air pollution,” the CJI stated. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, showing for the petitioner, opposed Mehta’s suggestion to place the fee on maintain.
However Mehta assured the bench that the legislation will likely be complete and enforced instantly. Simply earlier than Dussehra break, the court docket had appointed Justice Lokur to observe and forestall stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and UP. The court docket has slated additional listening to on October 29.
Fearful concerning the poisonous air
The SC order of October 16 had raised concern over the worsening air high quality in Delhi-NCR and appointed one man panel of Justice (retd) M B Lokur to observe the steps taken to forestall stubble burning, brushing apart objections of the Centre, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.