People sitting in Delhi's 7-star hotels blaming farmers for pollution: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Centre and state/city governments of the national capital region (NCR) while hearing their submission on the air pollution crisis that has been termed as a health emergency by experts.
Besides pulling up governments and bureaucracy for not doing enough, the apex court also hit out at critics making statements on farm fires sitting at starred hotels. The SC, led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, also called out television debates that it said were more polluting than anybody else. The matter will be heard again next Wednesday.
Following are the top quotes of the Supreme Court:
- Bureaucracy has gone into inertia and they don't want to do anything. Like using sprinklers or water buckets we have to say, this is the attitude of the executive
- You all say vehicles are the main cause, but gas guzzlers, hi-fi cars run on Delhi roads. Who'll encourage them to stop this? Delhi says no point in banning vehicles or introducing WFH (work-from-home) if not implemented in neighbouring states. We thought the Commission will give us steps to stop this
- There has to be some responsibility, not everything can be done through judicial order. What is the reason for the burning of firecrackers in Delhi in past 10 days after Diwali
- What we see is the plight of farmers. People sitting in Delhi in five, seven-starred hotels criticise how they (stubble burning) contribute four, 30 or 40 per cent to pollution. Have you seen their (farmers) earning per landholding? We ignore the fact that firecrackers are burning despite the ban
- Debates on TV are creating more pollution than everybody. They don’t understand, statements are taken out of context. Everyone has their own agenda
- When solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that nasty appearances were being made against him in the media that he misled the court on stubble burning, the court said it was not misled and such criticism is bound to happen in public offices. "We 're clear, our conscience is clear, forget about all this," said CJI Ramana.
- The SC also asks Mehta about how many vehicles were there and how were Central government officials traveling to office. "You don't need all 100 officers in the office, you can instead call 50 officers. There are several government localities, can't they travel in public transport?”