Delhi pollution: Are you waiting for people to die, SC asks government

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The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) whether they intend to just sit back and watch people gasp for breath and finally die in a polluted National Capital.

"The courts are trying to monitor, the National Green Tribunal is trying to monitor the pollution... and there you are, just sitting there and waiting for people to die," Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur addressed CPCB chairman S.P. Singh Parihar and the Centre, represented by Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar.

The Bench, also comprising Justices A.K. Sikri and S.A. Bobde, directed the Centre and the CPCB to hold a meeting on November 19 with the authorities concerned and come up with a comprehensive plan for a central mechanism to monitor pollution in actual time, fix the different grades of pollution levels, measures to counter them and the number of air ambience monitoring stations required in Delhi, among other factors.

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