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“What kind of pollution control are you doing?” SC asks centre

Keeping in view the matter relating to air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the Supreme Court questioned the centre why pollution under control (PUC) centres are either closed or shut down.

“What kind of pollution control are you doing”, questioned a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta.

According to the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A.N.S Nadkarni, who is appearing for the centre, several meetings were conducted aimed at tackling air pollution in the national capital region. He also said that there are about 200 PUC centers in Delhi, to which the bench questioned, “Out of 200, around 170 PUC centres are not working. What kind of pollution control are you doing?”

The ASG then told the court that he would come up with a better-updated status report within three weeks.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) has dropped to poor in Delhi as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). Stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh is seen as the major contributor to the air pollution in Delhi-region.

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