With rising pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR), resulting in smog getting denser every day, affecting normal breathing of the people in New Delhi, the Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave today said the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government should stop politicising the issue by blaming other states for the rise in pollution level and deal with the problem to the earliest. Madhav said that states have a responsibility and the issued advisories should be implemented.
The Environment minister, in a statement to ANI, claimed, “ISRO images tell us role of neighbouring states, their contribution is only 20%. Blaming them won’t work.”
The Union minister also claimed that the centre government had already provided help to the Delhi government and it is the state’s responsibility to implement them.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had, earlier, blamed Punjab and Haryana, stating that crop burning in these two neighbouring states is responsible for the air quality dipping to its worst in 17 years.
Following Delhi Chief Miniter’s appeal to the central government for intervention in the pollution issues in the capital, the centre had declared an emergency situation in the Delhi, citing the environment harmful for the children, women, patients and elderly.
Breaching the safe limit, the pollution level in Delhi is over 17 times than normalcy at several places. Kejriwal had today called for an emergency meeting to discuss measures allowed to combat the increasing pollution in the city.