Government misled Supreme Court on stubble burning impact

Study cited in its affidavit did not include data from October, when crop residue burning activities peak.

On Monday, the union environment ministry made a revelation that surprised everyone. In an affidavit to the Supreme Court, the ministry claimed that crop residue burning had a mere 7% contribution to air pollution in Delhi. Moreover, in the winter this share dropped to 4%, the affidavit said. 

The Supreme Court, which was hearing a case related to the ongoing hazardous levels of air pollution in northern India, seemed convinced by this. "In fact, now the cat is out of the bag, the farmers' stubble burning contributes to 4% of the pollution as per the chart. So we are targeting …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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