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Severe smog conditions evoke sharp reactions from HC, NGT

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court and the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rapped the Delhi government and neighbouring states for their unpreparedness to deal with the stubble burning, dubbed as the "main villain" of the menace, as the city reeled under severe smog conditions.

What preventive steps have been taken to address the issue was the question looming large before the High Court and the tribunal as Delhi-NCR woke up this morning to 'severe' air quality under a blanket of thick haze, with pollution levels breaching the permissible standards by multiple times. While the High Court termed stubble burning as the "main villain" behind the "severe" level of air pollution in the city, the NGT lambasted the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab for not being prepared in advance to tackle the emergency situation.
"The ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breath properly. Why didn't you not spray water using helicopters as per our direction? You take instructions and inform us day after Wednesday," a NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

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