Amid continuing severe air pollution in the state, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged the residents of the neighbouring states – Haryana and Punjab – to put an end to the practice of farm stubble burning during winters.
The pollution level in Delhi has started to increase and the smog has thickened as well after a little respite that the region witnessed last week, Kejriwal added.
Quoting the deteriorating health of people residing in the national capital due to the ‘very poor’ Air Quality Index (AQI), he said that it’s time that the stubble burning stopped for the sake of the people.
The recent call for action came in as a response to Rahul Mehra, Delhi government’s standing counsel (criminal)’ s Twitter post pinpointing the massive stubble burning in Punjab. Counsel Mehra had tweeted a picture through a bird’s eye view of farmlands in the state burning on Monday.
The image of stubble burning near Amritsar at noon on Sunday reportedly was of a farm waste that has moisture retained after the rain. According to Mehra, the burning of this stubble is likely to create maximum Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5, which is likely to cause heart strokes, asthma, and lung patches.
The Delhi Counsel also questioned the responsibility of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s government in this matter.
While Delhi’s Odd-Even scheme is trying to combat the pollution, and Punjab continues to produce deadly smog, Mehra attacked the state government.
After a little respite last week, the overall air quality of the national capital has dropped to the “very poor” category again on November 11.
The latest data released by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) highlights that the AQI of Delhi might deteriorate further in the coming days with overall AQI expected aa high as 355.
Presently, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the national capital is docked at 342 at 8 am in the morning. The primary pollutant PM 10 and PM 2.5 are at 352 and 359 at the Chandni Chowk monitoring center.
(With inputs from ANI)