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Judiciary reproofs administration over severe Delhi pollution

  Delhi is suffering from severe air pollution with a thick smog cover and a hazardous air quality index in the major parts of the city. Even if the Kejriwal-led AAP government is trying its best to handle the problem, it’s failing miserably though. The Supreme Court has held the state and the central governments accountable for the matter, taking up a petition filed by a group of concerned citizen.

Since the beginning of early winter every year, the recurring smog problem affects the nation’s capital. Generally, the condition often is highlighted when it takes a severe turn after the Diwali celebration. While some people point their fingers at the festival of light for triggering the pollution cycle, it is not the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

The general blame for the Delhi air pollution goes to the stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana states with vast farmlands. Around Diwali, the farmers need to clean their fields fast to prepare wheat sowing after rice harvesting and the stubble burning is the fastest and the economical way. As Delhi is located at the head of the northern plains, the capital has to face inconveniences from the intrusion of pollutants of the farm fire.

The Aravalli range used to protect the Delhi region from sand and dust particles from the north-western direction. But, a huge part of the mountain range was ravaged by mining, keeping Delhi open to the external polluting wind. Internal human factors in the city itself is to be taken into consideration. The vast number of private vehicles, the industrial regions around the city and abundant construction sites contribute simultaneously to instigate the complications.

There are several steps that can be implemented to counter the winter pollution problem in the Indian capital area. Proper planning and counter measures throughout the year hardly happen. The most effective system to stop the pollution can be a green tree barrier around Delhi. But it would take at least a few years to be fully effective.

The political squabbles between the Kejriwal government at state level and the Modi government in the centre have worsened the condition. Now starts the blame game, making the innocent residents of the region, the utter sufferers.

Based on the court’s observation, the Indian bureaucracy is answerable for lack of actions, who kept waiting for court’s orders to control vehicular pollution.

According to the Supreme Court, the people living a lavish lifestyle should not judge the farmers burning the stables for the pollution only. The solution should be amicable and the policymakers should try and learn the plight of the farmers.

This annual Delhi pollution is leaving none unaffected in the vicinity. A city where the top brass of Indian politics, administration and judiciary dwells, should not suffer this fate. It can only be a collaborative approach eventually among the state administrations which can take the pollution obstacles down a few notches. With the collective administrative and political support of Punjab, Haryana, the Central Government and the Delhi NCR government, the smog and pollution hopefully can come under control in the coming years.
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