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Delhi pollution: SC says national capital is worse than ‘narak’ (hell), to take suo moto cognisance on water pollution controversy

The Delhi Chief Secretary also admitted before the Supreme Court that the national capital is facing governance problem because of dual power centres and the constant tussle between the central government and the state government.

Referring to the national capital as ‘narak’ (hell), the Supreme Court today said that it will take suo moto cognisance on the water pollution controversy and will verify whether the drinking water is safe for drinking or not.

The Delhi Chief Secretary also admitted before the Supreme Court that the national capital is facing governance problem because of dual power centres and the constant tussle between the central government and the state government. Coming down heavily on the Delhi pollution, Justice Arun Mishra asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta why are Delhiites forced to live in the ‘gas chamber’. “It’s better to get explosives in bags and kill them in one go! Why are people made go suffer like this?” he said.

Read: Delhi Jal Board supervisor admitted water contaminated due sewer pipes damage but no funds allocated for repair, claims Delhi resident

Pulling up the states of Punjab and Haryana over stubble burning, the SC asked Punjab Chief Secretary about the steps taken to prevent stubble burning. “How can you treat people like this and let them die? Tell us why stubble burning increased after our order. Why are you not able to check stubble burning? Is it not a failure?” the SC rapped the Punjab Chief Secretary.

The apex court also pulled up Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary over stubble burning. “Everybody should know we are not going to spare you,” Justice Arun Mishra warned UP CS over failure to control stubble burning. UP CS told the SC that about 1,000 FIRs have been registered on stubble burning and a fine of Rs 1 crore has been imposed.

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