Mumbai: In another development, over stubble burning in Punjab due to which Air Quality has been devastated in the national capital, the Apex court has asked the government to give a reason for not collecting and purchasing stubble from farmers.
The Apex court has refused to permit stubble burning.
The hearing was conducted by a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta. Chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana were also present during the hearing.
The apex court asked the Delhi government the reason for exempting auto-rickshaw and two-wheelers from its odd-even scheme. The court also asked the government to take action against those who violated the ban on construction in Delhi-NCR.
According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution rose to 46 percent on Friday, with farm fires continue to rage in Haryana and Punjab.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’. Above 500 falls in the ‘severe-plus emergency’ category.