Today, the Supreme Court (SC) of India sought a response from five states, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, regarding the steps taken to control the problem of air pollution. The bench comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice PK Mishra, and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia directed the chief secretaries of the states to file affidavits mentioning their response to the issue of increase in pollution within a week. The SC bench listed the matter for the next hearing on November 07, 2023.
During the court proceedings, the bench instructed the Central Pollution Control Board to submit a report with every detail regarding the current ground situation including, the number of incidents of farm fires, and the Air Quality Index. Earlier, the Supreme Court asked the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) to submit a report highlighting steps being taken to control air pollution in as well as around Delhi.