chapter  12
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Reducing Air Pollution through Public Interest Litigation: The Delhi Pollution Case

On invitation from and working closely with the authors, this chapter was developed by Dhruv Sanghavi, a young attorney from India.1

If mere enactment of laws relating to the protection of environment was to ensure a clean and pollution free environment, then India would, perhaps, be the least polluted country in the world. But it is not so. There are stated to be over 200 Central and State statutes which have at least some concern with environmental protection, either directly or indirectly. The plethora of such enactments has, unfortunately not resulted in preventing environmental degradation which, on the contrary, has increased over the years.2