Crop burning in neighbouring states remains main causes of pollution: Satyendra Jain
As the national capital is witnessing an “emergency situation” due to alarming pollution level, the Delhi Government on Sunday remained adamant on its stand that crop burning by the neighbouring states were the main contributors towards the ‘gas chamber’ like situation in the city.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain stated that the source of pollution in Delhi is not from within Delhi but from its neighbouring states, according to ANI.
The Delhi minister said, “The situation is same in Haryana where Gurgaon and Faridabad are more polluted than Delhi.”
He said the Delhi Government was not indulging in blame game over the pollution level in the national capital. Jain further stated that crop burning in neighbouring states remain the main reason.
“The conditions in Delhi have not changed a bit, even traffic emissions remain the same. Crop burning is the reason behind it all,” he said.
The Delhi health minister further said that all hospitals are ready and well equipped to handle the situation, adding that there has been an increase in the flow of patients with breathing problems.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal defended the Delhi CM Kejriwal’s allegations that pollution ini Delhi was primarily due ot the stubble burning in Punjab. Badal said farmers in Punjab have been provided with better equipments that can help in cutting of crops in a better way.
“We have asked them several times, not to burn the stubble. We have also given them machines which can help in cutting of crops in a better way, but they do some or the other mistake,” Badal said, in a media interaction.
On Saturday, Kejriwal primarily blamed stubble burning in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana for the problem and asked the Centre to intervene to tackle the problem of rising air pollution.
“Pollution has increased to an extent that Delhi resembles a gas chamber. Prima facie the biggest reason seems to be burning of stubble in agricultural fields in Haryana and Punjab in huge quantity,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal has also called for an emergency meeting today to take stock on recent measures announced to combat the soaring pollution levels in the national capital. The meeting would be held at Kejriwal’s residence at 12:30 p.m. where technologies like jet sprinkling and the dust sweep machine will be discussed at length. This development comes in the wake of the Centre calling a meeting of environment ministers of all neighbouring states on Monday to put an end to crop burning as Delhi’s pollution level rises to alarming levels.