Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave has expressed a grave concern over Delhi’s toxic air and blamed luxury or high emission vehicles for the situation. In an interview, Dave said half of the particulate matter pollution in Delhi was because of emissions from vehicles, especially high emission vehicles.
“Half of PM 2.5 pollution comes from vehicles and the rising number of vehicles causes congestion, which is a reason for concern.:
However, he did not suggest the ban on registration of such vehicles in Delhi-NCR. Presently, the national capital region is experiencing the worst pollution levels, 17 years and to combat high pollution the environment minister had suggested many action plans in the recent but most of them were not implemented due to several reasons. While asked about them the minister said, “it is difficult to ensure whether the action plans were implemented or not. In a federal structure, we have limitations. We cannot put pressure on the governments, we can only advise states to act,” he said – Dave was speaking to the HT.
Dave said that his ministry will soon issue an advisory to the states, asking them to take up short, medium and long- term measures, reiterating what his predecessor Prakash Javadekar said almost a year ago.