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Updated: November 7, 2012 10:33 IST

Court concern over smog in Capital

J. Venkatesan
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A scene near Rashtrapati Bhawan as the city was engulfed in heavy fog, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo:Sushil Kumar Verma
The Hindu A scene near Rashtrapati Bhawan as the city was engulfed in heavy fog, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo:Sushil Kumar Verma

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”.

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Educate people especially young ones in using green solutions. Increase awareness in people to use public transport, cycles, walking, car pooling for going to work. Erase the false notion going to work by car, bikes shows high status which is very much prevalent in all indian cities.It is hard to see young poeple using cycles nowadays(They may even laugh at you if you ask them to use cycles). Bring a law that all the vehicles should have catalytic converters to control emission. Make sure govt. enforces all radios and private TV channels advertise about this. Just talking that smog is increasing in Delhi is not going to help at all. Less words and more actions with simple means is the key.

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