A bench of Justices V M Kanade and Reveti Mohite-Dere asked the respondents, including state Ministry of Environment, Regional Transport Office and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), to file affidavits by February 9.
The public interest litigation, filed by Sadaab Patel, contended that the residents of the mega-polis are facing health problems due to air pollution caused by carbon monoxide emitted from vehicles and by burning and other ways of disposal of solid waste by the civic body.

The petitioner contended that Mumbai, which has lesser number of vehicles than Delhi, tops in vehicular emission due to congested roads, lack of space to expand because of sea coast and rising number of diesel vehicles.
The PIL said that Delhi implemented the odd-even traffic pattern because of poor air quality. A similar exercise should be undertaken in Mumbai also to bring down the air pollution levels, it said.

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