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New Delhi, August 24

The Supreme Court today asked the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to hold meetings with all stakeholders to completely stop stubble burning that converts Delhi-NCR into a virtual gas chamber during October-November.

A Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra asked the three states to file respective reports in four weeks.

The court, which is seized of a PIL on air pollution in the NCR, sought to know from the Punjab Chief Secretary if the state could assure no stubble burning would take place this year. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati told the Bench on behalf of the Environment Ministry smog towers would be ready in Delhi in 10 months. As the court wasn't satisfied with the affidavits of the Centre and Delhi Government on smog towers, it asked them to file fresh ones. The farmers' counsel said the issue was not being discussed with farmers. The SC had on August 10 asked Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and UP to spell out preventive steps. — TNS



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