“Do you want us to ban industries in Pakistan”: Supreme Court asks government UP

On Friday, December 3, the Supreme Court of India asked the government of Uttar Pradesh if it wanted the court to ban Pakistani industries for pollution from Delhi.

Air quality in Delhi has hovered above the “very bad” and “severe” categories for several days.

The Supreme Court of India on Friday (December 3rd) asked the government of Uttar Pradesh whether it wanted the court to ban Pakistani industries.

“Do you want us to ban Pakistani industries,” asked Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Senior Counsel, Ranjit Kumar, representing the UP government when he argued that Pakistan’s polluted air affects quality air in Delhi.

READ ALSO | Pakistan’s polluted air affects Delhi, UP government told Supreme Court

He argued that the industries in the UP have no role to play in the pollution of the nation’s capital, as all industries in the state are downwind and the polluted air is not going to Delhi. The UP government had opposed the closure of industries. He said the decision of the Commission for the Management of Air Quality in the National Capital Region and Surrounding Areas (CAQM) to allow industries to work only 8 hours will affect cane industries to sugar and dairy products.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana heard a plea on air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region.

READ ALSO | Delhi’s pollution worsens and air quality is ‘serious’ in many areas

At 335, Delhi’s AQI on Friday morning remained in the very bad category on Friday morning as Thursday’s drizzle did not improve air quality.

The SC Supreme Court has authorized the Delhi government to continue building hospitals despite a blanket ban on construction activities.

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