With the air quality in Delhi and nearby areas hitting hazardous levels once again, the Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Centre over the issue of air pollution in the capital and other parts of north India.
The court has asked the government to explore the possibility of using hydrogen-based fuel technology to find solutions to combat air pollution. The government had said it was exploring technology, including those from Japan, to tackle air pollution.
'In our view, little constructive efforts have been made by the government and other stakeholders to find solution to the problem, ‘a bench comprising outgoing Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Mr. Justice SA Bobde said. 'The whole of north India, NCR is suffering from the issue of air pollution,' it said.
The Solicitor General, Mr. Tushar Mehta, told the bench that a university in Japan conducted a research keeping in view the air pollution in the National Capital Region and northern India. He said the research is quite innovative and the government thinks it can use the technology to combat the prevailing pollution levels. The solicitor general introduced to the bench a researcher from a university in Japan, Vishwanath Joshi, who apprised it about the hydrogen-based technology that has the potential to eradicate air pollution.
The noxious haze returned to Delhi and its suburbs on Tuesday with raging stubble fires in neighbouring states, fall in the temperature and wind speed pushing the city's air quality in the 'severe' zone.