The Supreme Court docket has constituted a one-member committee headed by former Supreme Court docket Choose, Justice Madan B Lokur to hold out bodily surveillance on farm fires within the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and western UP and submit a report on the reopening of the courtroom put up Dusherra trip.
The three-judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde ordered that each one authorities within the state and Atmosphere Air pollution (Prevention & Management) Authority will report back to Justice Lokur Committee. He added thar corps comparable to Nationwide Cadet Corps, Bharat Scouts and Guides and Nationwide Service Scheme could be deployed for the Lokur Committee to hold out bodily surveillance of the fields the place stubble burning is prone to happen. These cell groups will inform about such farm fires based mostly on which the authorities will take motion.
The order got here on a PIL filed by two younger environmental activists who demanded that speedy steps be taken to cease the stubble burning. They claimed that regardless of the courtroom monitoring, states weren’t appearing sufficient to curb this menace.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh stated farm fires had elevated by 5 occasions this yr and a right away order can be wanted to arrest this downside which might result in an unmanageable scenario when the courtroom reopens. He made the suggestion to nominate Justice Lokur for the aim.
The courtroom heard the states of Punjab and Haryana and recorded in its order that enough steps have been taken however preventive steps have to be put in place amid the rising air pollution within the nationwide capital and Nationwide Capital Area (NCR).
“We’re involved that residents of Delhi and NCR ought to breathe good, clear air,” stated the bench, additionally comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
The highest courtroom has requested state chief secretaries to offer all help to the Lokur Committee and prepare for infrastructure, transportation and safety of the Committee and the cell groups.