On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sought response from the Government of India about a plea which sought a ban on stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana as it causes air pollution in the NCR region, especially during winters.
Supreme Court has directed the Chief Secretaries of State of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab to appear in Person before the Court.
Further the Supreme Court has issued notices to the Governments of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and the Ministry of Environment and Forests
The plea was filed before the Supreme Court by a class 12 student Aditya Dubey and law student Aman Banka, and they sought free stubble removing machines for small and marginal farmers.
As per the plea, 40 percent of air pollution is caused by stubble burning. A reference was also made to a study conducted by Harvard University that stated that air pollution might trigger acute COVID infection in people who have mild COvid symptoms.
It was submitted before the Supreme Court that a study by Louisiana State University was also referred to that stated air pollution might form a direct pathway for COvid 19 infection. As per the petition, if air pollution is not kept in check, then it might adversely affect the mortality rates of COVID-19. The petition also stated that children and senior citizens are at more risk due to rising air pollution levels.
The petitioners requested the Supreme Court to put an end to stubble burning and also suggested that ceiling should be fixed on the rental of stubble removing machines from September to January 2021.
The order has been passed by a three-judges bench of Supreme Court comprising Hon’ble Chief Justice S.A Bobde, Hon’ble Justice A.S Bopanna and Hon’ble Justice V Ramasubramanian.
Title: M.C. MEHTA VERSUS UNION OF INDIA & ORS
Case No. Writ Petition(s)(Civil) No(s). 13029/1985
Date of Order: 06.10.2020
Coram: Hon’ble Chief Justice S.A Bobde, Hon’ble Justice A.S Bopanna and Hon’ble Justice V Ramasubramanium