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War on Air Pollution Will Not Be Won in the Courts

Despite certain measures adopted in the last 12 months, the air pollution problem across northern India has re-emerged this winter, and only worsened after the Diwali festival. The conversations, however, continue to be dominated by Delhi, and revolve around finding quick fixes, mostly pushed by courts, without looking at the deeper, underlying problems or addressing state capacity to deal with air pollution.

It is that time of the year, once again, when a thick and noxious smog desc­ends across northern India; when anxious op-eds are written about the sources of the smog (blamed on a combination of crop residue burning and Diwali firecrackers) accompanied by pictures of Delhi residents wearing all manner of breathing paraphernalia; and when governments of all stripes are being urged to do “something.”

As “Yogi” Berra (in)famously said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

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Updated On : 30th Nov, 2018

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