Air Pollution

HC asks Delhi, neighbouring states to implement ban on burning of crop residue


Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

The following things are important from UPSC perspective:

Prelims Level: Not Much

Mains level: It is a serious issue causing pollution. These kind of issues are specially mention in the Mains syllabus.


Direction from Delhi High Court

  1. Court has directed the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and the NCR of Delhi
  2. Why: to implement notifications and directions issued under the Air Pollution Act to ban burning of crop residues
  3. The Court recognised the need for companies and industries to comply with their corporate social responsibility towards curbing air pollution
  4. The Court directed that orders must be issued to these entities to collect crop residue from fields of farmers by providing them money as consideration for lifting the agricultural residue

It is Suo Motu Action by the HC

  1. In response to alarming air pollution levels in the NCR, the Delhi HC had taken up the matter suo motu (on its own motion) in August this year

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