The Supreme Court on Saturday suggested the idea of imposing a two-day lockdown after the air quality in and around Delhi deteriorated alarmingly.
Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana told the lawyers representing the Centre and the Delhi government that he was being forced to wear a face mask even inside his side due to the dangerous level of air pollution in the national capital.
CJI Ramana, according to NDTV, told lawyers representing the Centre and the Delhi administration, “You tell us how do you plan to take the emergency measures? Two-day lockdown? What is your plan on lowering the AQI (Air Quality Index) levels?.”
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that an emergency meeting of the Chief Secretaries of the concerned States had been called for today to address the situation. “The chief secretaries are meeting today. Colour of political parties does not matter. It is a joint responsibility.. but implementation has to be at state level,” Mehta was quoted by the Bar and Bench website.
Earlier, Justice Surya Kant had lost his cool after a Delhi government lawyer blamed the stubble burning by farmers in Haryana and Punjab for the deteriorating air pollution in Delhi. Justice Surya Kant had said, “Now it has become a fashion to bash the farmers whether its Delhi govt or someone else.” He had added, “There was ban on firecrackers, what happened with that? It’s an emergency situation. Is there any prohibition on vehicles or emission control?”
Even CJI Ramana had taken a dim view by asking why an impression was being created that the air pollution was only because of farmers. “It is only a certain percentage of pollution. What about the rest? What are you doing to control the pollution in Delhi? You tell us what is your proper plan…not about 2-3 days,” CJI Ramana had asked.