Supreme Court Hearing on Delhi Pollution: Relief After Rain; Court Criticizes Government's Approach
Supreme Court Hearing on Delhi Pollution: Relief After Rain; Court Criticizes Government's Approach

New Delhi: In a significant development addressing the escalating pollution crisis in Delhi, the Supreme Court conducted a hearing today, expressing a measure of relief following recent rainfall in the capital city. The court, however, refrained from crediting the Delhi government for the improved air quality, asserting that it cannot extend gratitude but can acknowledge that the pleas and concerns of the people seemingly prompted nature's intervention.

The three-judge bench presiding over the pollution case made pointed remarks, emphasizing that the issue of severe pollution has been a recurring problem for the past six years, with a lasting solution still elusive. The court expressed frustration at the pattern where governmental actions are initiated only in response to court interventions, signaling the need for proactive and sustainable measures to address the perennial problem.

Notably, the court directed criticism at the Delhi government for its reactive stance, particularly in response to a specific proposal. The court had suggested a temporary ban on taxis from other states entering Delhi, to which the Delhi government responded by expressing an intent to implement the odd-even rule for taxis. The court, dissatisfied with the response, questioned the government's approach, highlighting that their orders should not become a means for the government to shift its responsibilities onto the court.

The recent natural rainfall in Delhi-NCR has offered a respite to residents grappling with hazardous pollution levels. The government had initially considered artificial rain as a potential solution and was working on a project in collaboration with IIT Kanpur, with an estimated cost of approximately Rs 13 crore. However, the natural rainfall has proven to be a more immediate and welcome relief for the city.

As the pollution crisis continues to impact the lives of Delhi's residents, the Supreme Court's critical evaluation of the government's approach underscores the urgency of adopting robust, proactive measures to ensure a sustainable improvement in air quality and protect the health and well-being of the population.

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