The Supreme Court, on Thursday, served a 24-hour ultimatum to the Centre and the Delhi government to take action on air pollution in the national capital. 

The top court has asked the Centre and Delhi government to come up with “serious plans” within 24 hours for controlling air pollution. 

The Supreme Court has told the Centre and Delhi government that if they fail to do take measures to control pollution, then the court will pass an order. 

“We are serious about industrial and vehicular pollution. You cannot fire bullets from our shoulders, you have to take steps. Why are schools open?” the Supreme Court told Delhi government. 

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Following the Supreme Court’s stern message, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai has said that all schools in the national capital will remain closed from Friday onwards. 

“All schools in Delhi will remain closed from tomorrow till further orders due to current air pollution levels in the city,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said. 

The Supreme Court also pulled up commission for air quality management in NCR and adjoining areas saying that “in an emergency situation you have to work in emergent ways”.  

It said: “We cannot enforce or infuse creativity in your bureaucracy, you have to come up with some steps.” 

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The Supreme Court will further hear the matter at 10am on Friday. 

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising chief justice NV Ramana, justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant.

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