New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Narendra Modi government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it will bring a law to create a permanent body through legislation to deal with the stubble burning and tackle the air pollution in Delhi and its adjoining areas in winters. Appearing on behalf of the central government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the apex court that the legislation is being contemplated and the draft of the proposed law on air pollution will be ready by the next week.

The bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde welcomed the central government's decision and said that it was a necessary move since everyone in the city was choking due to air pollution.

"This is a welcome step. This is an issue that anyway should have been looked into by the government. Everyone in this city is choking due to bad air," the bench said.

Centre admits existing mechanism didn't work too well

The Solicitor General also admitted that the mechanism of the government has not worked too well and told the top court that a permanent body to deal with the issue may also be created.

"We acknowledge the mechanism we have at present has not worked too well. We are yet to finalize the fine print of the law. We will, however, be ready with draft legislation very soon," he said.

Following the government's assurance, the Supreme Court also suspended the Justice Madan B Lokur Committee to oversee the steps to tackle stubble burning. On October 16, the top court had appointed retired judge Justice Madan B Lokur, a former SC judge, as the one-man monitoring committee to prevent the stubble burning in Delhi's neighbouring states - Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma