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“Delhi Worse Than Nark”: Supreme Court Slams Centre, States Over Pollution

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The Supreme Court today took a bleak view of the steps being taken to alleviate air and water quality levels in the national capital, and slammed the centre as well as the state governments involved for playing a blame game at a time when living conditions in Delhi have become “worse than hell”.

“Delhi has become worse than nark (hell). Life is not so cheap in India and you will have to pay. How much do you value a person’s life?” the court asked the Delhi government, saying that it has “no right to be in the chair”.

The two-member bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was referring to increasing instances of stubble burning in neighbouring states, a major contributor to air pollution in the national capital region, as well as a Bureau of India Standards (BIS) report claiming that water samples collected from 11 places across Delhi failed quality tests on 19 parameters. The Supreme Court has asked the centre and the Aam Aadmi Party government to provide relevant details in this regard.

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