Delhi High Court notice to govt on farm fires

Stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana will aggravate Covid-related problems in Capital, says plea

Delhi High Court notice to govt on farm fires

A man cycles on a road along a burnt paddy field in Amritsar. PTI

New Delhi, September 28

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought the Centre’s response on a plea seeking immediate steps to prevent stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana on the grounds it would aggravate Covid-related problems.

A Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the Centre on the plea contending stubble burning would drastically increase air pollution in Delhi and could aggravate the health problems among people in the city in view of the pandemic.

The petition, moved by advocate Sudhir Mishra, urged the court that the Centre should be directed to coordinate a meeting between chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and UP to address the issue. The court listed the matter for hearing on October 22. — PTI

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