The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over smog conditions in the Capital caused by high pollution and decided to examine the problem and suggest remedial measures.
A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices S. S. Nijjar and J. Chelameswar agreed to look into the problem of smog while hearing petitions relating to the disposal of toxic waste in Bhopal.
The CJI told counsel: “We read in newspapers that smog is increasing in Delhi and becoming heavier and heavier every day.”
At this juncture, counsel Vijay Panjwani, appearing for the Central Pollution Control Board, told the Court that it was because of bad fumes caused by vehicular pollution. He said all public transport vehicles had now been fitted with CNG but the number of cars with diesel engines had gone up and this was the reason for smog. Justice Kabir said “it is an alarming situation in Delhi, how do we control it?”
Counsel Sanjay Parikh said “we pollute and then we blame everything on climate change". The CJI told counsel “we will look into it”.