30/10/2018 10:13 AM IST | Updated 30/10/2018 10:14 AM IST

SC On Delhi Air Pollution: 'Will You Tell Poor People To Kill Themselves By Working In This Pollution?'

The Supreme Court asked the Delhi government to make a list of old vehicles so that they would be impounded.

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The Supreme Court pulled up the authorities and the Centre over increasing air pollution in Delhi. Calling the air pollution situation in the national capital "critical", the Supreme Court said all it would take was an evening walk to see just how bad that air pollution in Delhi is.

NDTV quoted a three judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur as saying, "Newspapers tell us not to go out for walks in the morning and evening. But if you take a walk in the evening to the Old Delhi railway station, you will see poor people on cycle rickshaws. They have no option but to work outside to earn a living. Hundreds of people are earning their livelihood outside... how do you tell them? Will you tell them to kill themselves by working in all this pollution?"

The court asked the government to list old vehicles that were likely to pollute the air.

The NDTV report said that the court has directed the Delhi government to put up a list of diesel vehicles over 10 years old and petrol vehicles that were over 15 years old on its website and publish it in newspapers.

The Indian Express reported that the Supreme Court said that the list needed to be made so that the vehicles could be impounded.

Delhi's air quality has significantly worsened over the last one week.

Authorities in Delhi, according to PTI, have reportedly asked around 113 industries to close because of not switching to CNG.

The report said that officials have told the Lt Governor Anil Baijal that 1,368 show cause notices and 417 closure directions have been issued against polluting units by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.