1. NGT questions Punjab’s stubble burning as Delhi drowns in smog

NGT questions Punjab’s stubble burning as Delhi drowns in smog

The National Green Tribunal on Monday criticised the Delhi government for not taking any steps to control the pollution in the state.

By: | Published: November 7, 2016 1:15 PM
delhi smog, punjab paddy stubble, punjab elections, punjab farmers fine, stubble burns The NGT informed that 70% of the land in Punjab was being used to burn crops. (Reuters)

The National Green Tribunal on Monday criticised the Delhi government for not taking any steps to control the pollution in the state. The NGT questioned as to what role the Nagar Nigam was playing in trying to curb the pollution level. The NGT said that the Nagar Nigam had been asked to use machines for the cleaning purposes, which they haven’t done. The NGT also criticised the Nagar Nigam and asked, “Isn’t it your responsibility to curb pollution?”

The National Green Tribunal asked the Delhi government about what it was doing to penalise those who were in clear violations of the NGT orders. The tribunal informed that 70% of the land in Punjab was being used to burn crops and asked about the actions, that the Delhi government was taking against it. It also spoke about controlling the dust in the state and asked about the plan to sprinkle water on the streets to control dust. The NGT asked the Delhi government about the idea of sprinkling water using helicopters.

The NGT also slammed the Central government and the state governments of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan on the issue of the rising pollution level. Delhi has been covered in a dense layer of smoke ever since Diwali. The national capital experienced its most polluted day on Sunday with an air quality index resting at a dangerous 497, which is a lot worse than the post-Diwali period of 445 AQI. The thick layers of smog blanketed the city for the third day in a row with a heightened PM2.5 and PM10 levels. It was reported that these levels were at least 10 times than the permissible limit. The city’s hope lies on Monday, as it was expected for the air to clear up. Though, the Air Quality Data for Delhi on Monday showed that the Particulate Matter was severe. Schools have remained closed due to the lack of visibility and the deteriorating all condition.

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