Spike in PM2.5 levels has serious health implications: SC
The Supreme Court today said a spike in PM2.5 levels in the air is a severe problem as the particulate matter remains in people's lungs, leading to serious health implications.
"I am with regulation. It is not a matter of banning. It might need some more regulations," he told the apex court.
Citing the data by pollution control boards, he said crackers were not the reason for an increase in air pollution and there were other factors, like wind and temperature, which contribute to it.
"Argument was made (by the petitioner) that during Diwali, pollution (levels) go up in the entire country. But, the data does not support this argument," he said.
The bench agreed with Sundaram's submissions that crop burning in states like Punjab was also a factor causing pollution in the national capital.
The senior lawyer also raised the issue of whether the firecracker manufacturers can be deprived of their right to do business based on statements which were not supported by facts.
The court also said it would have to balance the rights of the people and rights of firecracker manufacturers.
"Balancing has to be there," the bench said.
On October 9 last year, the top court temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali.
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