Citing the steady rise in pollution in the city and the dense toxic smog hampering normal breathing of people in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had today announced three-day closure of schools and had imposed five-day ban on construction and demolition works. Amid the deteriorating situation, Kejriwal had called an emergency meeting as Delhi is suffering from its worst-ever pollution hit.
Kejriwal had, earlier, blamed neighbouring states for soaring pollution in the City. He also emphasised to take emergency measures and condemned the blame game.
Yesterday, Kejriwal had met Union Environment Minister Anil Dave asking the central government’s intervention in the issue, following which the latter declared an emergency situation in Delhi, adding that the circumstances are quite bad, particularly for children, patients, women and the elderly.
Kejriwal has, however, blamed the practice of crop burning in Haryana and Punjab for the pollution in the national capital, as air quality in the city dips to its worst in 17 years.
Delhi Chief Minister, PWD Minister, Environment and Forest Minister, Chief Secretary, NDMC Chairman and all three Municipal Commissioners are among those attending the meeting.
Meanwhile, a thick blanket of haze continued to cover the national capital with pollution level remaining very high and breaching the safe limit by over 17 times at several places.
(With inputs from agencies)