New Delhi, Nov 25: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to states and UT seeking their response in six weeks on why they should not be made liable to pay compensation to people for not providing clean drinking water and breathable air.
The apex court was hearing a petition filed by noted environmentalist, M C Mehta, in connection with pollution cases.
Observing that Delhi is worse than narak (hell), the Justice Arun Mishra-headed bench, took suo motu cognizance on ongoing controversy over supply of alleged unsafe drinking water in the Capital.
The Supreme Court directed the Delhi government and Centre to keep their differences aside and finalise a plan within 10 days for setting up air purifying towers in different parts of the city.
Delhi Chief Secretary admitted before the bench that the Capital is facing governance problem due to dual power centres and tussle between the Arvind Kejriwal government and Centre.
The apex court also slammed the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party dispensation for politicising water pollution issue in Delhi and a blame game. (UNI)