It is that time of the year when there is much breast-beating about the poisonous air in our capital. The hazardous quality of air in the national capital region (NCR) is indeed a cause for serious concern. On Diwali, a combination of farm residue burning in Punjab and Haryana, vehicular and industrial emissions, and bursting of firecrackers led to the air quality index in Delhi and its satellite cities exceeding 999 in many areas. The World Health Organisation considers air quality to be healthy only till a reading of 50.

It has now become a norm for the judiciary to take proactive steps in matters of environment and public health and safety. The Supreme Court tried its best by imposing a ban on firecrackers to restrain runaway pollution but a suicidal citizenry flouted it quite openly, dashing hopes of a cleaner Diwali. Read More