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The Supreme Court on Wednesday pointed to the plight of farmers, saying that no one was concerned what compels them to burn stubble, reported NDTV.

“People sleeping in five-star hotels in Delhi blame farmers,” the court said. “Look at such small land holdings of farmers. Can they afford the machines [to dispose stubble] you all talk about?”

The court was hearing a case on the air pollution in Delhi and the adjoining National Capital Region.

Delhi and its neighbouring areas have been shrouded in toxic smog since Diwali. Delhi’s pollution gets worse in October and November because of farmers burning stubble in neighbouring states, unfavourable wind speed and emission of fumes by the local traffic in the city. Firecrackers ignited for Diwali add to the problem.

But on Monday, the Centre told the Supreme Court that burning of farm waste accounted for just 10% of the emissions on an average through the year.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Delhi government and senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the petitioner in the case, argued that the Centre’s data was not correct.

Stubble burning as reported in media and as I heard in court was 10% but it is certainly 50%, some directions are needed now for us to tackle this issue next year,” Singh said,…

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