India top court fumes over Delhi’s deadly air pollution, calls it murder of people’s health
The court called the Delhi government’s odd-even traffic rule to check the pollution level as ‘mere optics’.
People walk along a road near India Gate amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi, India. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)
THE Supreme Court of India on Tuesday (7) came out with some strong observations on the toxic air quality in Delhi, seeking actions on war-footing to tackle the menace.
Criticising political differences over the matter and hindrances created to a proper resolution to the problem, the top court remarked that it could not be a political battle and called it a murder of people’s health.
The court also asked governments of various concerned states over the issue of stubble burning that is making the pollution scenario worse.
“We want it stopped. We don’t know how you do it, it’s your job. But it must be stopped. Something has to be done immediately,” it said.
Pulling up the government of Delhi, the top court said that buses were plying at half capacity and causing pollution. It asked it to attend to the problem. The apex court also remarked on the odd-even traffic scheme announced by the Delhi government to check the pollution levels saying they were “mere optics”.